Master Class on "Jacques Maritain, Étienne Gilson, and the Thomist Renewal in the 20th Century: Academic and Spiritual Approaches"

Nov 10, 2018
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Florian MichelUniversity of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

Open to current university students and faculty. PDFs of the assigned readings will be provided for those who register.

For the Blessed Paul VI, Jacques Maritain (1882-1973) was a master "in the art of thinking and praying". In 1975, Paul VI sent a letter to Etienne Gilson (1884-1978) to thank him for his whole life devoted to the search of truth and wisdom. In  "Fides et Ratio" (1998, n.74), Saint John Paul II suggested Maritain and Gilson, among other names, as models of thinkers to reconcile philosophy and theology, reason and the word of God. What are the lessons taught by Maritain and Gilson that could be fruitful for the Catholics of the XXI century?


9:30am   Coffee & tea
10:00am   Session I
11:25am   Break
11:35am   Session II
1:00pm   End, Lunch

Florian Michel is an Associate Professor of Modern History at the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and the Vice-President of the French Jacques and Raïssa Maritain Association. He has published books and sources on the Thomist Renewal in France and North America (La pensée catholique en Amérique du Nord, DDB, 2010; Correspondance Jacques Maritain - Yves Simon, CLD, 2008-2010). His most recent book is a biography of Etienne Gilson (Vrin, 2018) and he is currently assisting in the publiciation of the "Collected Works" of Etienne Gilson.