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THE BEST MONOGRAPH ON ANTONIO LIVI’S THOUGHT HAS BEEN WRITTEN IN ENGLISH BY WILLIAM SLATTERY FOREWORD by Antonio Livi Some Italian scholars (Pier Paolo Ottonello, Roberto Di Ceglie, Fabrizio Renzi) have already tried to draw a synthetic overview of my logical thought. William Slattery is the first...

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ETIENNE GILSON

FRENCH PHILOSOPHER ETIENNE GILSON

whom made Antonio Livi discover the philosophical relevance of common sense

ritratto Gilson

Born in Paris in 1884, Etienne Gilson was graduatecd from the University of Paris in 1907 and look his doctorate at the Sorbonne in 1913. While serving in the French army in World War I, he was captured at the Battle of Verdun. and spent his years of captivity ( 1915-18) studying, among other things, the philosophy of St. Bonaventure and the Russian language. In  1919 he was appointed professor at the University of Strasbourg, and in 1921 he became Professor of History of Philosophy at the Sorbonne, where he had studied with Lucien Lévy-Bruhl and Victor Delbos. During the next years he achieved world-wide acclaim as a medievalist and a writer and regularly visited American and Canadian universities—among them Harvard, Columbia, Virginia and Indiana. In 1932 he inaugurated the first Chair of History of Me­dieval Philosophy at the Collège de France. Professor Gilson has held the Gifford lectureship in Aberdeen (1930-31), the William James at Harvard  (1938)  and the A. W. Mellon Lecture in Fine Arts at the National Art Gallery in Washington, D.C.  (1955). During those years he contributed to the creation and direction of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies at the University of Toronto, where he was active until the Sixties. A fellow of the Académie Française since 1947, Eti­enne Gilson has taken an active part in the political life of France: as a technical adviser at the San Francisco Conference in 1945, as a member of the French delegation to UNESCO, a Senator in 1947, and as a member of the French delegation to the European Convention at La Haye in 1948.Professor Gilson has written over forty-five books, including major studies on out-standing theologians and philosophers from St. Augustine to Ockham. Among his books written in English are The Spirit of  Thomism,  God and Philosophy, and The Unity of Philosophical Experience. Other books translated from French are The Christian Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, The Philosophy and Theology, and The Christian Philosophy of St. Augustin. The year of his death is 1978.

Philosophy and Theology (originally titled Le Philosophe et la théologie, and published in 1960), is the philosophical memoirs of Etienne Gilson, one of the greatest thinkers of our time, who won world-wide recognition not only for his extraordinary erudition but also for his zealous defense of intellectual freedom.

In this autobiographical narrative, Gilson retraces his early education in the Catholic faith and its lasting influence on his life and thought, and describes his educational career at the University of Paris, where the always dynamic interaction of diverse schools of thought led him to his lifelong dedication to philosophical discourse.

Gilson became a scholar of René Descartes, and through Descartes and under the brilliant direction of Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, while at the Sorbonne he began a deep and unique study of medieval thought, which has resulted in his revolutionizing the understanding of early Christian thought and especially St. Thomas Aquinas, and has brought to the modern world a new concept of Christian philosophy.

In dealing with the main problems of his career as philosopher-scholar, Gilson gives a first-hand account of the attitudes and thoughts of such outstanding men as Emile Durkheim, Léon Brunschvicg, Charles Péguy, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl and especially thè Jewish philosopher Henri Bergson, whose realistic metaphysics has had such an effect on modern Catholic thinkers.