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Maritain, Jacques (1882–1973)

  1. Michael Coulter

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0854

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Coulter, M. 2011. Maritain, Jacques (1882–1973). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Jacques Maritain (1882–1973) is regarded as one of the most important Catholic intellectuals of the 20th century. Born in Paris, the son of Paul Maritain and Geneviève Favre, Maritain studied at the Lycée Henri IV (1898–1899) in Paris and pursued degrees in philosophy and the natural sciences at the Sorbonne (1900–1902). At the Sorbonne, or University of Paris, Maritain met his future wife Raissa Oumansoff, a Russian Jew. Together Maritain and Raissa attended lectures by Henri Bergson, an important Catholic intellectual at the Collège de France, that led to their 1906 conversion to Catholicism.


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