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Antonin Sertillanges

Antonin-Gilbert Sertillanges
Born Antonin-Dalmace Sertillanges
(1863-11-16)16 November 1863
Clermont-Ferrand, France
Died 26 July 1948(1948-07-26) (aged 84)
Sallanches, France
Occupation Author, philosopher, priest
Religion Roman Catholic

Antonin-Gilbert Sertillanges, O.P. (16 November 1863 – 26 July 1948), was a French Catholic philosopher and spiritual writer.


Born Antonin-Dalmace, he took the name Antonin-Gilbert when he entered the Dominican order. In 1893 he founded the Revue Thomiste and later became professor of moral philosophy at the Institut Catholique de Paris. His scholarly work was concerned with the moral theory of Thomas Aquinas. In the English-speaking world, he is best known for two non-specialist works. The Intellectual Life is a practical guide for how to structure one's life so as to make progress as a scholar. What Jesus Saw from the Cross is a spiritual work that drew upon the time Sertillanges spent living in Jerusalem. Certain of Sertillanges' works are concerned with political theory, with French identity and the structure of the traditional French family.


  • (1899). L'Art et la Morale.
  • (1903). Nos Luttes.
  • (1904). La Politique Chrétienne.
  • (1908). Agnosticisme ou Anthropomorphisme.
  • (1910). Saint Thomas d'Aquin (2 volumes).
  • (1919). Paroles Françaises.
  • (1928). Les Idées et les Jours: propos de Senex (2 volumes).
  • (1930). L'Orateur Chrétien: Traité de Prédication.
  • (1934). La Vie Intellectuelle, son Esprit, ses Conditions, ses Méthodes.
  • (1941). Hommes, mes Frères.
  • (1939-1941) Le Christianisme et les Philosophies (2 volumes).
  • (1941-1942) Catéchisme des Incroyants (2 volumes).
  • (1941). Blaise Pascal.
  • (1941). Henri Bergson et le Catholicisme.
  • (1941). Avec Henri Bergson.
  • (1943). La Vie Française.
  • (1944). La Philosophie de Claude Bernard.
  • (1945). L'Idée de Création et ses Retentissements en Philosophie.
  • (1946). Les Fins Humaines.
  • (1946). La Philosophie des Lois.
  • (1948). Le Problème du Mal (2 volumes).
  • (1948-1949). Le Pensionnat de Godefroy-de-Bouillon de Clermont-Ferrand, 1849-1945.
  • (1962). La Philosophie Morale de Saint Thomas D'Aquin.
  • (1963). De la Mort, Pensées Inédites de A.-D. Sertillanges.
  • (1965). Regards sur le Monde.
  • (1965). L'Univers et l'Âme.


  • (1901). "La Morale Ancienne et la Morale Moderne," Revue Pilosophique, 2, pp. 280-292.
  • (1902-1903). "Les Bases de la Morale," Revue de Philosophie, pp. 1-23, 138-171, 305-333.
  • (1908). "L'Idée Générale de la Connaissance dans saint Thomas d'Aquin," Revue des Sciences Philosophiques et Théologiques, 3, pp. 449-465.
  • (1909). "La Providence, la Contingence et la Liberté selon saint Thomas d'Aquin," Revue des Sciences Philosophiques et Théologiques, 1, pp. 5-16.
  • (1909). "La Contingence dans la Nature selon Saint Thomas d'Aquin," Revue des Sciences Philosophiques et Théologiques, 4, pp. 665-681.
  • (1912). "La Sanction Morale dans la Philosophie de Saint Thomas," Revue des Sciences Philosophiques et Théologiques, 2, pp. 213-235.
  • (1920). "L'Idée de Création," Annales de l'Institut Supérieur de Philosophie, 5, pp. 555-570.
  • (1921). "La Science et les Sciences Spéculatives d'Après S. Thomas d'Aquin," Revue des Sciences Philosophiques et Théologiques, 1, pp. 5-20.
  • (1928). "Note sur la Nature du Mouvement d'Après s. Thomas Aquin," Revue des Sciences Philosophiques et Théologiques, 2, p. 235-241.

Works in English translation

  • (1908). , London: R. & T. Washbourne.
  • (1922). , London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne.
  • (1931). Foundations of Thomistic Philosophy, London: Sands & Co. Reprinted by Templegate, 1956.
  • (1933). Saint Thomas Aquinas and His Work, London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne. Reprinted by Blackfriars, 1957.
  • (1948). The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods, The Newman Press. Reprinted by the Catholic University of America Press, 1987.
  • (1948). What Jesus Saw from the Cross, Dublin: Clonmore & Reynolds. Reprinted by the Sophia Institute Press, 1996.
  • (1950). Recollection, McMullen Books.
  • (1952). Kinships, McMullen Books.
  • (1953). Rectitude, McMullen Books.
  • (1954). Spirituality, McMullen Books.
  • (1976). Jesus: He is the Unspeakable of Whom Men are Forever Speaking, Dimension Books.
  • (1998). Walking with Jesus in the Holy Land, Sophia Institute Press.


  • (1951). M. Pradines, Notice sur la Vie et les Oeuvres du R. P. Antoine Sertillanges, Institut de France.
  • (1957). F.-M. Moos, Le Pére Sertillanges: Maître de Vie Spirituelle, La Pensée Catholique.

Further reading

  • (1918). M. J. Lagrange, "The Catholic Church in Light of Two Recent Works," The Constructive Quarterly, Vol. VI, p. 1-24.

External links

  • Internet Archive
  • Hathi Trust
  • Works by Antonin Sertillanges, at

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