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ern and Contemporary History. Perhaps its main weakness is
its relatively unsuccessful attempt to combine two approaches,
the linguistic and the historical. It begins with a historical in-
troduction that is too elementary for the average Mexican, the
intended reader, though it may perhaps be useful to the non-
Mexican who reads Spanish. The next section is the vocabulary,
covering pages 21-76 and by far the most unsatisfactory part of
the book. Fifty-six pages is small room indeed for a vocabulary
of the Revolution, but the author attempts to make his vocab-
ulary a dictionary of Americanisms on the lines of Santamaria's
standard work on the subject, including such universally known
words as taco in his list. The third section, on nicknames and
epithets applied to Revolutionary figures, is the most interesting
part of the book. Here the author is dealing both with language
and with history; it is a pity he did not devote most of his efforts
to this section, giving us fuller texts for some of the entries.
A bibliography and a list of journals complete the book, an in-
teresting work but not quite what one would expect from a
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Challenges and Renewals: Selected Readings from Jacques
Maritain. Edited by Joseph W. Evans and Leo R. Ward.
Notre Dame (University of Notre Dame Press), 1966. Pp.
Jacques Maritain ranks high among the philosophers of our
time. Initially a pupil of Bergson, he became, following his
conversion to Roman Catholicism at the age of twenty-four, an
ardent student and exponent of Thomism. Today he shares with
Etienne Gilson the distinction of being the leading Thomistic
thinker in the West and one whose influence is seen in men
of as diverse background as M. J. Adler and the late Yves Simon.
Convinced of the validity of the scholastic approach, Maritain
has devoted himself not only to the creative elucidation of
Thomistic themes but also to demonstrating their relevance to
problems of the contemporary world. He has written cogently
on such diverse subjects as the relationship of Church and State,
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