Etienne Gilson

Gilson, Étienne

Étienne Gilson (ātyĕn´ zhēlsôN´), 1884–1978, French philosopher and historian, b. Paris. He taught the history of medieval philosophy at the Sorbonne (1921–32) and then took the chair of medieval philosophy at the Collège de France. In 1929 he helped found the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies at Toronto, Canada. Although primarily a historian of philosophy, he was also one of the leaders of the Roman Catholic neo-Thomist movement. He was elected to the French Academy in 1946. Among his works are The Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas (1919, tr. 1924); The Christian Philosophy of Saint Augustine (1929, tr. 1960); The Spirit of Mediaeval Philosophy (2 vol., 1932, tr. 1936); God and Philosophy (1941); Being and Some Philosophers (1949); and The Philosopher and Theology (1960, tr. 1962).

See his Gilson Reader, ed. with an introd. by A. C. Pegis (1957).

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Etienne Gilson: Selected full-text books and articles

Art and Intellect in the Philosophy of Etienne Gilson By Francesca Aran Murphy University of Missouri Press, 2004
Choir of Muses By Etienne Gilson; Maisie Ward Sheed and Ward, 1953
The Mystical Theology of Saint Bernard By Etienne Gilson; A. H. C. Downes Sheed Sheed & Ward, 1940
Heloise and Abelard By Étienne Gilson University of Michigan Press, 1960
History of Philosophy and Philosophical Education By Étienne Gilson Marquette University Press, 1948
Wisdom and Love in Saint Thomas Aquinas By Étienne Gilson Marquette University Press, 1951
Patterns or Principles and Other Essays By Stanley L. Jaki Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Gilson and Science"
Dictionary of Religion and Philosophy By Geddes MacGregor Paragon House, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "Gilson, Etienne Henry (1884-1978)" begins on p. 275
The Neo-Thomists By Gerald A. McCool Marquette University Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Seven "Thomism and History: Etienne Gilson"
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