Jaffe, Irving S.
September 1952
New Republic;9/8/52, Vol. 127 Issue 10, p21
The article presents information on the book "Personalism," by Emmanuel Mounier and translated by Philip Mairet. The book investigates the fundamental philosophical, social and cultural issue. Indicating that the roots of personalism can be traced back to early Christian thought, the author sketches its more immediate lineage, which includes such names as Blaise Pascal, Maine de Biran, and Soren Kierkegaard. Sharply critical of capitalism and "bourgeois individualism," and in agreement with Marxism as to the necessity for removing the economic causes of man's "alienation," Mounier insists nevertheless that this alienation proceeds from spiritual, as well as economic disorder.


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