By Frederick Copleston
Conceived initially as a significant presentation of the improvement of philosophy for Catholic seminary scholars, Frederick Copleston's nine-volume A background Of Philosophy has journeyed a long way past the modest objective of its writer to common acclaim because the top historical past of philosophy in English.
Copleston, an Oxford Jesuit of colossal 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 used to be reduced to simplistic caricatures. Copleston set out to redress the inaccurate by means of writing a whole heritage of Western philosophy, one crackling with incident and intellectual pleasure -- and one who provides full place to every philosopher, providing his inspiration in a beautifully rounded demeanour and displaying his links to those that went sooner than and to people who came after him.
The results of Copleston's prodigious labors is a background of philosophy that's not going ever to be exceeded. Thought journal summed up the final contract between students and scholars alike whilst it reviewed Copleston's A background of Philosophy as "broad-minded and aim, accomplished and scholarly, unified and good proportioned... we won't suggest [it] too highly."
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He asserts that 'as is the method of a 47 philosopher, so will be his system', and that 'the adoption of a method decides the destiny of a philosophy'. 1 Those critics who find Cousin's eclecticism incoherent may be inclined to agree, adding that in his case a clearly defined method was conspicuous by its absence. Though however Cousin's thought has been submitted to a good deal of patronizing or even contemptuous criticism, he made a considerable contribution to the development of academic philosophy in France, especially perhaps in the field of the history 'of philosophy.
Again, it is presupposed that in contemporary society the interests which bind men together and which call for common deliberation and action are no longer theological or military but economic. Government, when understood as coercive and as associated with military adventures is on its way to being transformed into a managerial adminis~ tration concerned with promoting the real interests of society.. Industrial society, according to Saint-Simon, would be a peaceful society, at any rate when fully developed and given the appropriate form of government or administration.
It is thus reason which enables us to emerge from the subjective sphere and to develop an ontology in 1 Fragments PhilosophiqUBS (1838 edition). I. p. 41. ECLECTICISM which the self and the not-self are seen as related to the causal activity of God. The Traditionalists emphasized the impotence of the human reason in the metaphysical and religious spheres, when working independently of revelation. The Catholic Church eventually too~ a stand against this attitude; and it may thus appear that It should have been gratified by Cousin's metaphysics.
A History of Philosophy [Vol IX] by Frederick Copleston