Title: Being and Some Philosophers (Second edition)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies June 1952
088844415X / 9780888444158
Seller ID: 132203
''... all philosophers know it inasmuch as they are men. Our problem will be to know how it is that what men so infallibly know as men, they so often overlook as philosophers.'' The most pervasive, fundamental realities are the hardest to define; so it is that the problem of being has generated so much philosophical ink for 2500 years. Gilson's contribution is contained in this book, and is both a history of the treatment of the problem, from Plato and Aristotle, to Avicenna and Aquinas, Hegel and Kierkegaard, and the expression of Gilson's own position. Gilson is a philosopher of both profound optimism and humility, defining the philosopher's task not in terms of ''the self- expression of a solitary existence'' but as the pursuit of wisdom, which is nothing else than the articulation of human knowledge in ever-increasing conformity to ''actually existing being.'' 235 pp.