Jacques Maritain on contemporary thought’s distinction between Individuality and Personality

AMONG the truths of which contemporary thought stands in particular need and from which it could draw substantial profit is the doctrine of the distinction between individuality and personality. The essential importance of this distinction is revealed in the principles of St. Thomas. Unfortunately a right understanding of it is difficult to achieve and requires an exercise of metaphysical insight to which the contemporary mind is hardly accustomed.

Jacques Maritain, The Person and the Common Good, p.1

Maritain’s last thought is especially true today, when politics seems to be reduced to attack ads and news to soundbites.



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