Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1951. Early printing. Octavo, original blue cloth, red top edge, original dust jacket. Mild offsetting to front endpapers, minor creasing and edge-wear to price-clipped dust jacket. Very good indeed. Item #878
"THE PEOPLE ARE ABOVE THE STATE, THE PEOPLE ARE NOT FOR THE STATE, THE STATE IS FOR THE PEOPLE" Early printing—published in the same year as the first—of Jacques Maritain's influential work of post-war political philosophy. Based on six lectures delivered in December 1949, "Maritain's Man and the State is one of the strongest books on Catholic social theory to come out of the Thomist revival" (Robert Royal). Preceded by a brief Acknowledgment by Maritain, the book consists of six chapters: I. The People and the State, II. The Concept of Sovereignty, III. The Problem of Means, IV. The Rights of Man, V. The Democratic Charter, VI. Church and State, VII. The Problem of World Government. "An important book in political philosophy...perennial Thomistic thought is applied to the new political situations in order to make abiding human values the norm of true progress. Stimulating and profoundly original, the work demands careful reading" (George McLean). Published as the first in the series of the Charles R. Walgreen Foundation for the Study of American Institutions, with a brief Foreword by Chairman Jerome G. Kerwin:"These books, it is hoped, will help people everywhere to understand the foundations of democracy and to realize that this system stands on those principles that are necessary to maintain human dignity." Third impression: printed in the same year as the first impression. Royal, A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century. McLean. An Annotated Bibliography of Philosophy in Catholic Thought, 1900-1964, 223.