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The prominent French neo-Thomist Jacques Maritain (1882–1973) articulated a holistic philosophy of education that must be understood in light of his adult conversion to Roman Catholicism and his determined attempt to revive a rationally compelling Christian philosophy through a systematic application of the ideas of the medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274). Maritain argues for a spiritually sensitive humanism that views education as an aid to individual human flourishing.


Raised as a Protestant, Maritain began his university career as a science student at the Sorbonne. In 1901, driven to despair by their sense of the moral and spiritual poverty of materialistic science, he and his future wife, Raïssa Oumançoff, made a pact that they would commit suicide within a year if they could not find some higher ...

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