Jacques Maritain Center

Moral Philosophy


1 See above the remarks made on the know thyself (apropos Kierkegaard), chapter XIII, pp. 355-356.

2 See my book Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry, New York: Pantheon, 1953, pp. 91-92; pocketbook edition, New York: Meridian Books, 1955, p. 67; London: Harvill, 1954.


1 I am not speaking of the Hegelian-Marxist answer to the problem of the human condition. In this perspective it is not a question of transcending the human condition, but of transforming it and finally of deifying it, through the work of history and of man himself. Such a solution rests on a manifestly erroneous philosophical postulate, in which the notion of human nature gives way to that of process of self-creation of man by man.


1 Our annihilation is the most powerful means we have of uniting ourselves to Jesus and of doing good to souls," wrote Father de Foucauld. Cf. Jean-Francois Six, Itinéraire spirituel de Charles de Foucauld, Paris: Seuil, 1958, p. 364.

2 Cf. Henri Troyat, Sainte Russie, Paris: Grasset, 1956, p. 149.


1 Cf. René Dubos, Mirage of Health, New York: Harper, 1959.

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