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By Frederick Copleston

ISBN-10: 0385470428

ISBN-13: 9780385470421

Conceived initially as a significant presentatin of the advance of philosophy for Catholic seminary scholars, Frederick Copleston's nine-volume A background Of Philosophy has journeyed a long way past the modest goal of its writer to common acclaim because the top 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 concerning the life of God and the potential for metaphysics, knew that seminary scholars have been fed a woefully insufficient vitamin of theses and proofs, and that their familiarity with so much of history's nice thinkers used to be lowered to simplistic caricatures. Copleston got down to redress the incorrect via writing a whole heritage of Western Philosophy, one crackling with incident an highbrow pleasure - and one who supplies complete position to every philosopher, offering his suggestion in a superbly rounded demeanour and exhibiting his hyperlinks to people who went prior to and to people who got here after him.

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P. 163. , m, p. 310. , HI, p. 359. 53 A HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY—V Church and State simply in terms of power. The Church has tried to arrogate to itself an authority which belongs to the civil sovereign; and Hobbes, in a famous passage, likens the Papacy to the ghost of the Roman empire. 'And if a man consider the original of this great ecclesiastical dominion, he will easily perceive that the Papacy is no other than the ghost of the deceased Roman empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof.

P. 146. * Ibid. 'Ibid. , I, p. 145. , in, p. 754. HOBBES (i) ii one will'. 1 That is to say, they must appoint one man, or assembly of men, to bear their person. This done, they will form a real unity in one person, a person being defined as 'he whose words or actions are considered, either as his own, or as representing the words or actions of another man, or of any other thing, to whom they are attributed, whether truly or b y fiction'. 2 If the words and actions are considered as the person's own words and actions, we have a 'natural person'.

Peculiar', because in the 'state of nature' the individual's reason is for him the only rule of action. , II, p. 16. , 111, pp. 116-17. 36 A HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY—V with the interplay of motions and forces which lead to the creation of that artificial body, the commonwealth; and the tendency of his thought is to assimilate the operation of the 'laws of nature' to the operation of efficient causality. The State itself is the resultant of the interplay of forces; and human reason, displayed in the conduct expressed b y these rules, is one of these determining forces.

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