Art and Scholasticism

Dear Friends,

After an unexpected, if much needed, two week hiatus, we will at last resume our our discussions on beauty and theology next week.

Though we left off in the 16th century, we are jumping all the way into the 20th century for our next reading: Jacques Maritain's Art and Scholasticism.

And remember how I said we'd come back to St. Thomas Aquinas? I haven't forgotten him. Maritain is perhaps the most famous twentieth century neo-Thomist, as well as a major figure in aesthetics (and I think he's a bit easier to read than St. Thomas!).

The excerpts I selected from Art and Scholasticism (and feel free to read the whole thing online, if you like!) will probably take two weeks to read and discuss, so don't worry about getting through the entire document – though aren't you glad I finally post something earlier enough for everyone to read!

And a little reminder: we'll be resuming Dante's Divine Comedy in the summer, with the Paradiso. If you haven't read the Inferno and the Purgatorio, you might want to start on those soon. We are reading the translation by Mandelbaum; you can find it here.

Hope to see you all Wednesday, on the upstairs back patio of the Ginger Man, at 7pm.

Peace & Blessings,


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  • Natalie S.

    It was so nice to meet everyone last night. I was sorry to need to leave early. I am looking forward to continuing the discussion next week!

    2 · April 11, 2013

  • Kirk

    Stuck at work; will have to miss this week.

    April 10, 2013

  • John W.

    The Beauty was Intelligible.

    April 11, 2013

  • Lulu Q.

    We are not going to be able to make it between how's physical therapy and Tamales we are going nuts. Hopefully he will be walking on his own next week. Miss you guys

    1 · April 10, 2013

    • Thuan

      I hope he'll be able to walk on his own too!

      1 · April 10, 2013

    • Lulu Q.

      Thank you Thuan

      April 10, 2013

  • James K.

    Hey everyone--I'll be mia for one more week. Keep me in your prayers: deadlines are a-coming. Here's hopin' for next week!

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Natalie S.

    What are the specific excerpts to be read by this coming Wednesday? Looking forward to joining the conversation and meeting everyone.

    April 8, 2013

    • Christopher T. H.

      It is my hope that we will get through about half of it, so chapters I, V, and VIII. But we'll see; my hopes often proved rather too ambitious!

      1 · April 8, 2013

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