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The unusual lifetime of Raissa Oumansov Maritain offers the framework for this primary booklength learn of her writing and event as a Catholic contemplative on this planet. targeting the improvement of Raissa's non secular lifestyles in terms of her success as a author, Professor Judith Suther follows Raissa and her husband Jacques from Paris on the flip of the century to Princeton, the place they lived from 1940 until eventually Raissa's dying in 1960. Divided into 3 elements, Raissa Maritain opens with the mandatory historical past to an figuring out of Raissa's later existence and paintings, then strikes directly to half II to a dialogue of her contributions to the so-called Catholic Renaissance of the Nineteen Twenties and 30s; her tireless repudiation of the positivism she and Jacques had encountered as scholars on the Sorbonne; her half in setting up the Thomist examine teams which the Maritains hosted at Versailles and Meudon; and the mostly deepest advancements of her writing in prose and poetry. half 3 strains the Maritains' expatriation in long island, Rome, and Princeton, and examines Raissa's so much fruitful years as a author. all through, Professor Suther attracts on formerly unmined assets to elucidate definite difficulties that experience lengthy pressured, afflicted, or even embarrassed acquaintances and admirers of the Maritains. those difficulties contain the kinfolk of Raissa and Jacques together with her mom and dad and his mom, their vows of chastity and their marriage blanc, Jacques' acquiescence in her alleged hypochondria, and the authenticity of her obvious mystical experiences.

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