Blondel, Maurice

Blondel, Maurice
(1861-1949)
   A French Roman-Catholic philosopher, Blondel worked at a time of intense conflict between his church and modernism. His early work Action (1893) focuses on human action as central to human being; here Blondel developed a phenomenology of action focused on the space between the intended goal and the fulfilment of the action. A dialectical tension emerges within this space, but is resolved in the transcendent God, who stands behind every action by grace. Blondel is recognised as a leader in the Roman-Catholic revival, and his theological and philosophical work had a deep impact on many subsequent Roman-Catholic theologians including Henri de Lubac, as well as the Second Vatican Council.
   See Rahner, Karl
   Further reading: Blondel 1984 and 1995; Conway 2000; Virgoulay 1992

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