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Etienne Gilson – our standing needs

June 29, 2014

“If, as seems to be true, mystical life is one of the permanent needs of human nature, it should not only be respected, but protected against the too frequent assaults of superficial minds. Yet it remains true that philosophical knowledge is a standing need of human reason and that need too ought to be respected. It is for us the most difficult, but at the same time the most important, of all problems, to maintain all of those spiritual activities which honour human nature and dignify human life. We gain nothing by destroying one in order to save another, for they stand and fall together.”

(from The Unity of Philosophical Experience [1937])

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