By Frederick Copleston
Conceived initially as a significant presentation of the improvement of philosophy for Catholic seminary scholars, Frederick Copleston's nine-volume A heritage Of Philosophy has journeyed a long way past the modest function of its writer to common acclaim because the most sensible heritage of philosophy in English.
Copleston, an Oxford Jesuit of vast erudition who as soon as tangled with A. J. Ayer in a fabled debate in regards to the life of God and the opportunity of 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 through writing a whole heritage of Western philosophy, one crackling with incident and intellectual pleasure -- and person who offers full place to every philosopher, featuring his idea in a beautifully rounded demeanour and displaying his links to those that went prior to and to people who came after him.
The results of Copleston's prodigious labors is a historical past of philosophy that's not likely ever to be handed. 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 won't suggest [it] too highly."
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On his premises he was unable to explain our ability to judge, an ability which shows clearly the activity of the mind. Judgment is involved in perception, inasmuch as the perceiver naturally judges both that there is a permanent and causally active self and that the object of externally directed perception really exists. By sensations Royer-Collard understands feelings of pleasure and pain. These are clearly subjective experiences. But perception gives us objects existing independently of sensation.
According to Fourier it is the repression of the passions, for which civilization is 1 Fourier evidently gives one-sided pictures or caricatures of the motives and outlooks of groups and classes. which the agents may not be consciously aware. ht. In the c~se of politicians, for example, claims to be concerned exclUSively With the pubhc welfare often arouse sceptical thoughts in minds which have never heard of Fourier. 2 Four Movements, p. 332; Universal Unity, II, p. 21 7. 3 Four Movemenls, p. 29.
Cousin described the sensationalist theory of Condillac and his associates as 'sensualism'. Hence the title of his work Sensualist Philosophy in the Eighteenth Century (Philosophie sensualiste au XVIIle siecle, 1819). Among other writings one can mention Philosophical Fragments (Fragments philosophiques, 1826). On the True, Beautiful and the Good (Du vrai, du beau et du bien, 1837), a Course of the History of Modern Philosophy (Cours de l'histoire de la philosophie moderne, 5 volumes, 1841) and Studies on Pascal (Etudes sur Pascal, 1842).
A History of Philosophy [Vol IX] by Frederick Copleston