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Title: Maurice Blondel: A Philosophical Life
Author: Blanchette, Oliva
Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2010
Paperback; ISBN: 9780802863652
Volumes: 1; Pages: 840
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French philosopher Maurice Blondel (1861-1949) had a tremendous impact on both philosophy and religion over the first half of the twentieth century. He was at once a postmodern critical philosopher and a devout traditional Catholic who strove to keep these two sides of his life in unison, neither separating nor confusing them.In this first-ever critical examination of Blondel's entire life and work, Oliva Blanchette tells of Blondel's stormy confrontation with an academy dismissive of religion and a religion uncomfortable with rational philosophy. The book not only recounts Blondel's biographical history but also presents his systematic philosophy, from the beginning of his journey to its culmination in Philosophical Exigencies of Christianity, the book for which he signed the publishing contract the day before he died. Blanchette avoids footnotes but includes an extensive bibliography, making this both a readable and a useful resource.