New York: Scribner's, 1957. First edition. Octavo, original gray cloth, original dust jacket. Faint bumping to spine ends of cloth binding, slightest of edge-wear to the lovely dust jacket. A nearly-fine copy. Item #462
“THE DEVIL HANGS LIKE A VAMPIRE ON THE SIDE OF HISTORY. HISTORY GOES ON, NONETHELESS, AND GOES ON WITH THE VAMPIRE” First edition of a series of lectures, given by Jacques Maritain at Notre Dame University in 1955, affirming the philosophical nature of historical inquiry with God at the center. "Jacques Maritain was the premier writer, teacher, and exemplar of the Roman Catholic tradition--not just in philosophy but in aesthetics, literary criticism, and, if to a lesser degree, political theory--for American Catholicism in the 1950s." (Kevin Starr, The Lost World: American Catholic Non-Fiction at Midcentury). Maritain's lectures were a Thomistic assertion of the ultimate mystery of the world, repudiating the view of history as a science, a distortion increasingly perpetuated by Hegel, Marx, Comte, etc. The contents include: Chapter I. The Philosophy of History in General, Chapter II. Axiomatic Formulas or Functional Laws, Chapter III. Typological Formulas or Vectorial Laws, Chapter IV. God and the Mystery of the World, Chapter V. Final Remarks.
"Notre Dame was conspicuous in its efforts under Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, president from 1952 to 1987, to bring the university to its present profile as a national university with a research profile equal to its achievement in football." (Kevin Starr). On the Philosophy of History was published in 1957, the same year that Notre Dame established the Jacques Maritain Center. The lectures were extensively edited and reorganized for publication by Professor Joseph W. Evans, a founder of the Center and its director until his death in 1979. With a short Foreword and a brief Preliminary Note by Maritain, along with his Dedication: “To Reverend Father/Bernard I. Mullahy/with respect and gratitude.” With an Index of Proper Names and a dust jacket designed by Lili Cassell. George F. McLean, An Annotated Bibliography of Philosophy in Catholic Thought, 1900-1964, 265.