Jacques, who described himself as “a European long immersed in all the rotten stuff of past events,” found obvious refreshment in a country which enjoyed a “deliverance” from history. Yet, in the perspective of this volume, even forty years ago the degradation of the American academy was well under way. Caroline Gordon writes that Maritain was “treated shamefully by Princeton University” in the early Fifties. The head of the philosophy department “urged him ‘not to give the boys so much Plato and Aristotle but more Bertrand Russell and Whitehead.’ He delivered the lectures which were finally published as to a bunch of housewives.”
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… Friendship & devotion by George Sim Johnston | The New Criterion.