The Thomistic Realism of Étienne Gilson: Epistemology Semester Project

Etienne Gilson

Below are links to my PowerPoint presentation and my script for my epistemology semester project, “The Thomistic Realism of Étienne Gilson.”

The Thomistic Realism of Étienne Gilson Script

Thomistic Realism PowerPoint Presentation

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1 Response to The Thomistic Realism of Étienne Gilson: Epistemology Semester Project

  1. Fr. Robert McTeigue says:

    My mentor studied with Gilson in Harvard in the 20s. At that time, Paul Weiss was an agnostic Jew and a symbolic logician under the tutelage of Alfred North Whitehead. At Harvard in the 1920s, like many other Ivy League schools, according to Weiss, philosophy was taught in the following way: “In the beginning, there was Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Then NOTHING happened for a very, very long time. Then, out of a vacuum, emerged Descartes.” Weiss read the medieval with Gilson. Doing so, but especially reading Bonaventure, convinced Weiss to turn from the symbolic logic and to become a metaphysician.

    Weiss greatly admired Gilson’s complete mastery of primary sources; he admired even more Gilson’s absolute fearlessness in defending Catholicism from all comers, any time, anywhere.

    Father Robert McTeigue, S.J., Ph.D.
    Director of Campus Ministry
    Adjunct Professor of Philosophy
    Ave Maria University
    Student Union Office 2041
    (239) 280-2581

    Christus mundo—mundus Christo
    Bringing Christ to the world and the world to Christ.

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