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Dante et la philosophie / Etienne Gilson

Main Author Gilson, Etienne, 1884-1978 Country França. Edition 4e ed Publication Paris : Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin, 1986 Description X, 341 p. ; 25 cm Series Etudes de philosophie médiévale , 28 ISBN 2-7116-0279-6 CDU 19 DANTE
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Etienne Gilson se propose de definir les attitudes successives de Dante a l'egard de la philosophie : quelle nature lui assignait-il, quelle fonction lui attribuait-il, quelle place lui octroyait-il. Il ne s'agit en l'occurrence pas d'examiner la philosophie que Dante a formule, mais bien au contraire, partant de l'analyse de ses textes, de tenter d'en degager les manieres dont il envisageait et usait de la philosophie. D'une certaine maniere, l'on ne s'interroge pas sur les pensees philosophiques mais sur la pratique philosophique. D'une rencontre d'enfance avec Beatrice, Dante en fit l'un des plus grands portraits de la femme au Moyen Age, et trouva dans la philosophie, allegoriquement nommee "la noble dame", la consolation a la perte de Beatrice. Entre la Vita Nuova et la Divine Comedie, Gilson nous offre ici une image particulierement originale du lettre italien en nous montrant comment Dante, autant poete que theologien, elabora une pratique philosophique qui releve d'abord de son oeuvre poetique. Comprendre le personnage de Beatrice est donc pour Gilson la cle de la comprehension de la philosophie meme de Dante, celle qui fait jouer et se repondre poesie et theologie, celle qui permet d'apprehender sous chacun de ces deux aspects l'originalite du penseur italien : la philosophie se doit d'etre morale et pratique si tant est qu'elle veuille mener les hommes a l'etat de bonheur.

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Born in Paris, Etienne Gilson was educated at the University of Paris. He became professor of medieval philosophy at the Sorbonne in 1921, and in 1932 was appointed to the chair in medieval philosophy at the College de France. In 1929 he cooperated with the members of the Congregation of Priests of St. Basil, in Toronto, Canada, to found the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in association with St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto. Gilson served as professor and director of studies at the institute.

Like his fellow countryman Jacques Maritain, Etienne Gilson was a neo-Thomist for whom Christian revelation is an indispensable auxiliary to reason, and on faith he accepted Christian doctrine as advocated by the Roman Catholic church. At the same time, like St. Thomas Aquinas, he accorded reason a wide compass of operation, maintaining that it could demonstrate the existence of God and the necessity of revelation, with which he considered it compatible.

Why anything exists is a question that science cannot answer and may even deem senseless. Gilson found the answer to be that "each and every particular existing thing depends for its existence on a pure Act of existence." God is the supreme Act of existing. An authority on the Christian philosophy of the Middle Ages, Gilson lectured widely on theology, art, the history of ideas, and the medieval world.

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