Sunday, April 29, 2018

Remembering Étienne Gilson

There are certain intellectual figures, much celebrated in their time, whose subsequent disappearance from collective memory gives a sense of our changing society.

This is the case for Étienne Gilson (1884-1978), an eminent philosopher and historian of the Middle Ages, elected to the Collège de France in 1932 and to the Académie française in 1947. Today he is all but forgotten in French cultural history, along with much collective memory of Catholic history.

In his remarkable biography, Florian Michel, lecturer at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, discusses some of the political intricacies in Gilson’s thinking.

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