Cornelio Fabro and Jacques Maritain’s Theoretical Philosophy


Alain Contat


Espíritu: ISSN 0014-0716, Year 68, Issue 158, 2019, pages 317-336




In this study which follows other works on the convergences and divergences between 20th century Thomists, we wanted to offer the readers of Espíritu a brief structural comparison between the theoretical philosophy of Jacques Maritain and that of Cornelio Fabro. Our purpose is articulated in two stages: 1. the critique of the Cartesian cogito and its later vicissitude; 2. the metaphysical analysis of the being. In this last respect, we explain how the two philosophers oppose each other, first as regards the ontological and noetic status of the “ens primum cognitum”, then as regards the principles – act of being and essence – in which they resolve themselves “being qua being”.

Key words:

Jacques Maritain, Cornelio Fabro, esse, being, Metaphysique.


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