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Maritain exists.

April 22, 2011

Just a short entry today, dear reader:

In Marshall’s copy of “L’Etre et L’Essense” (Etienne Gilson, 1948, Paris: Librarie Philosophique J. Vrin) there is a piece of paper on which is pencilled in block letters:

MARITAIN EXISTS
GILSON HAS TO BE

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  1. Mark Stahlman permalink
    April 22, 2011 9:19 am

    Andrew:

    This note highlights what he intends as a fundamental distinction between BEING and EXISTENCE, which HMM was keenly interested in, particularly in relationship to his Catholicism and the Creation. His friend Fritz Wilhelmsen was an important interlocutor on all this, as FW discusses in his “Man’s Knowledge of Reality: An Introduction to Thomistic Epistemology.” which was published in 1956, around the time he meet your grandfather.

    Mark Stahlman
    Brooklyn NY

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