A History of Philosophy, Vol. 8: Modern Philosophy, Empiricism, Idealism, and Pragmatism in Britain and America

A History of Philosophy Vol Modern Philosophy Empiricism Idealism and Pragmatism in Britain and America Conceived originally as a serious presentation of the development of philosophy for Catholic seminary students Frederick Copleston s nine volume A History Of Philosophy has journeyed far beyond the m

  • Title: A History of Philosophy, Vol. 8: Modern Philosophy, Empiricism, Idealism, and Pragmatism in Britain and America
  • Author: Frederick Charles Copleston
  • ISBN: 9780385470452
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Paperback
  • Conceived originally as a serious presentation of the development of philosophy for Catholic seminary students, Frederick Copleston s nine volume A History Of Philosophy has journeyed far beyond the modest purpose of its author to universal acclaim as the best history of philosophy in English.Copleston, an Oxford Jesuit of immense erudition who once tangled with A J AyerConceived originally as a serious presentation of the development of philosophy for Catholic seminary students, Frederick Copleston s nine volume A History Of Philosophy has journeyed far beyond the modest purpose of its author to universal acclaim as the best history of philosophy in English.Copleston, an Oxford Jesuit of immense erudition who once tangled with A J Ayer in a fabled debate about the existence of God and the possibility of metaphysics, knew that seminary students were fed a woefully inadequate diet of theses and proofs, and that their familiarity with most of history s great thinkers was reduced to simplistic caricatures Copleston set out to redress the wrong by writing a complete history of Western philosophy, one crackling with incident and intellectual excitement and one that gives full place to each thinker, presenting his thought in a beautifully rounded manner and showing his links to those who went before and to those who came after him The result of Copleston s prodigious labors is a history of philosophy that is unlikely ever to be surpassed Thought magazine summed up the general agreement among scholars and students alike when it reviewed Copleston s A History of Philosophy as broad minded and objective, comprehensive and scholarly, unified and well proportioned We cannot recommend it too highly.

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    Frederick Freddie Charles Copleston was raised an Anglican and educated at Marlborough College from 1920 to 1925 Shortly after his eighteenth birthday he converted to Catholicism, and his father subsequently almost disowned him After the initial shock, however, his father saw fit to help Copleston through his education and he attended St John s in Oxford in 1925, only managing a disappointing third in classical moderations He redeemed himself somewhat with a good second at Greats in 1929.In 1930 Copleston became a Jesuit, and, after two years at the Jesuit novitiate in Roehampton, he moved to Heythrop He was ordained a Jesuit priest at Heythrop College in 1937 and soon after went to Germany 1938 to complete his training Fortunately he made it back to Britain before the outbreak of war in 1939 The war made it impossible for him to study for his doctorate, as once intended, at the Gregorian University in Rome, and instead Copleston was invited to return to Heythrop to teach the history of philosophy to the few remaining Jesuits there.While in Heythrop Copleston had time and interest to begin the work he is most famous for, his A History of Philosophy a textbook that originally set out to deliver a clear account of ancient, medieval and modern philosophy in three volumes, which was instead completed in nine volumes 1975 To this day Copleston s history remains a monumental achievement and stays true to the authors it discusses, being very much a work in exposition.Copleston adopted a number of honorary roles throughout the remainder of his career He was appointed Visiting Professor at Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, spending half of each year lecturing there from 1952 to 1968 He was made Fellow of the British Academy FBA in 1970, given a personal professorship from his own university Heythrop, now re established in the University of London in 1972 and made an Honorary Fellow of St John s College, Oxford, in 1975 He was Visiting Professor at the University of Santa Clara between 1974 and 1982, and he delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen between 1979 and 1981 His lectures were published under the title Religion and the One, and were largely a metaphysical tract attempting to express themes perennial in his thinking and personal than in his history Gerard J Hughes notes Copleston as remarking large doses of metaphysics like that certainly don t boost one s sales He received honorary doctorates from a number of institutions, notably, Santa Clara University, California, University of Uppsala and the University of St Andrews D.Litt in later years He was selected for membership in the Royal Institute of Philosophy and in the Aristotelian Society, and in 1993 he was made CBE.Copleston s personality saw him engage in the many responsibilities bestowed upon him with generous commitment and good humour.

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  • A History of Philosophy 8: Modern Philosophy (A History of Philosophy #8), Frederick Charles CoplestonA History of Philosophy is an eleven-volume history of Western philosophy written by English Jesuit priest Frederick Charles Copleston.Volume 8: Bentham to Russell: British Empiricism (including John Stuart Mill and Herbert Spencer); The Idealist Movement in Great Britain (including Francis Herbert Bradley and Bernard Bosanquet); Idealism in America (including Josiah Royce); The Pragmatist Movem [...]




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