A History of Philosophy [Vol IX] by Frederick Copleston PDF

By Frederick Copleston

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Conceived initially as a major presentation of the improvement of philosophy for Catholic seminary scholars, Frederick Copleston's nine-volume A background Of Philosophy has journeyed a ways past the modest function of its writer to common acclaim because the most sensible background of philosophy in English.

Copleston, an Oxford Jesuit of sizeable erudition who as soon as tangled with A. J. Ayer in a fabled debate concerning the life of God and the potential for metaphysics, knew that seminary scholars have been fed a woefully insufficient diet of theses and proofs, and that their familiarity with such a lot of history's nice thinkers was once reduced to simplistic caricatures. Copleston set out to redress the inaccurate via writing an entire historical past of Western philosophy, one crackling with incident and intellectual pleasure -- and one who provides full place to every philosopher, offering his proposal in a beautifully rounded demeanour and exhibiting his links to those that went prior to and to those that came after him.

The results of Copleston's prodigious labors is a historical past of philosophy that's not going ever to be exceeded. Thought journal summed up the overall contract between students and scholars alike while it reviewed Copleston's A heritage of Philosophy as "broad-minded and target, complete and scholarly, unified and good proportioned... we can't suggest [it] too highly."

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It was however his general habit to ~~imize forei~ influence in his thought. He even went so far as to represent electlclsm as a SpecIfically French contribution to philosophical thought. Elnnents of Psychology, translated by C. S. Henry, p. 28 (London, 1851). Previously to his nomination to this chair ]ouffroy had lectured at the Sorbonne as well as at the f:cole Normale. a In 1825 ]ouffroy published an article on the end of dogmas and their eventual replacement by philosophy. 46 FROM THE REVOLUTION TO AUGUSTE COMTE 1 1 I 48 FROM THE REVOLUTION TO AUGUSTE COMTE rather than the replacement of the latter by the former.

His ideas however aroused widespread interest; and after his death some of his disciples founded the journal Le producteur to propagate these ideas. In 1830 a newspaper entitledLe globe also became an organ of Saint-Simonianism. Saint-Amand Bazard (1791-1832), one of Saint-Simon's principal disciples, tried to present his master's doctrine in a systematic way, paying special attention to its religious aspects. His lectures on Saint-Simon attracted a good deal of attention. Shortly before his death however he quarrelled with the other founding father, Barthelemy Prosper Enfantin (1796-1864), who pretty well turned Saint-Simonianism into a religious sect, though not an austere one, as Enfantin advocated generous ideas in regard to love between men and women.

In his view philosophy would or at least might one day take the place of Christian dogmas and solve the problems which could no longer be answered by the authoritative pronouncements of a religion claiming to embody divine revelation. 3 In this matter J ouffroy was more outspoken than Cousin who, whatever he may have thought, tended to emphasize the co-existence of philosophy and religion Cousin's ideas on this subject obviously show the influence of German metaphysical idealism. It was however his general habit to ~~imize forei~ influence in his thought.

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