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Thursday, September 29, 2011

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Dan

Jacques Maritain comes to my mind. He teaches that philosophy is the queen of the sciences.

Gabriel Austin

Dan,

I doubt that Maritain taught that philosophy is the queen of sciences. That role is given to the harder subject - theology.

Dan

Gabriel, we both could be said to be right.

Maritain has written: “And it follows that metaphysics alone deserves the name wisdom absolutely speaking (simpliciter), the remaining branches of philosophy only relatively or from a particular point of view (secundum quid) … That is why the philosopher, just because the object of his studies is most sublime, should personally be the humblest of students, a humility, however, which should not prevent his defending, as it is his duty to do, the sovereign dignity of wisdom as the queen of the sciences.” An Introduction to Philosophy, p. 69 (from the chapter entitled “Definition of Philosophy”).

James Schall cites this passage to say that “Maritain, as we just saw, calls philosophy itself ‘the queen of the sciences.’’ The Philosopher In Society, p. 45. Shall goes onto say, however, that Maritain “holds, with Aquinas, that theology as such is a higher science, itself a ‘queen’ of all the sciences.” Id.

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