London: Faber and Faber, 1959. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. Small early owner signature. A bright copy in an unclipped jacket. About Fine. Item #1082
"A VERY SIMPLE BUT ALMOST FULLY FLEDGED PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY MAKES ITS APPEARANCE AS SOON AS MAN BELIEVES THAT GOD'S JUSTICE WILL WORK ITSELF OUT IN THE MORTAL LIFE OF MAN" First edition of Martin D'Arcy's development of a Christian philosophy of history. The English Jesuit "took Catholic apologetics in England beyond their usual utilitarian scope and onto a more philosophical plane, the inspiration for which had been sought among French writers" (H.J.A Sire). In a short Introduction (dated "M.C. D'Arcy / 30th September 1957"), D'Arcy recalls that "this book owes its origin to the choice of subject I made when in 1938 I had to give the presidential address to the Oxford Society of Historical Theology." D'Arcy never followed through on plans to develop his remarks at greater length but here he examines various historicisms (philosophies of history) and finds them wanting in comparison to Christianity. "Christian truths, are therefore, not argued in these pages; they are taken for granted and introduced to see what light they may be able to throw upon the human scene. They are to be judged by their success." Organized in 10 chapters, D'Arcy provides "a preface to a critique of philosophies of history, this work evaluates the deterministic idealist, behavioristic, and Marxist philosophies of history. In a constructive effort it details the importance of the notion of providence for the development of the Christian philosophy of history" (George F. McLean). An Appendix on G. Heard (author of "Is God in History?") and an Index follow the text. Approbations. McLean. An Annotated Bibliography of Philosophy in Catholic Thought, 264. Sire. Father Martin D'Arcy: Philosopher of Christian Love.