By Frederick Copleston
Conceived initially as a major presentation of the improvement of philosophy for Catholic seminary scholars, Frederick Copleston's nine-volume A historical past Of Philosophy has journeyed a ways past the modest objective of its writer to common acclaim because the most sensible background of philosophy in English.
Copleston, an Oxford Jesuit of large erudition who as soon as tangled with A. J. Ayer in a fabled debate in regards to the lifestyles of God and the opportunity of metaphysics, knew that seminary scholars have been fed a woefully insufficient nutrition of theses and proofs, and that their familiarity with so much of history's nice thinkers used to be decreased to simplistic caricatures. Copleston got down to redress the incorrect through writing an entire background of Western philosophy, one crackling with incident and highbrow pleasure -- and person who supplies complete position to every philosopher, proposing his notion in a fantastically rounded demeanour and exhibiting his hyperlinks to people who went earlier than and to those that got here after him.
The results of Copleston's prodigious labors is a heritage of philosophy that's not likely ever to be handed. idea journal summed up the final contract between students and scholars alike while it reviewed Copleston's A historical past of Philosophy as "broad-minded and goal, entire and scholarly, unified and good proportioned... we won't suggest [it] too highly."
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1 Autobiography, p. 38 (2nd edition, 1873). Though James Mill was an agnostic rather than a dogmatic atheist, he refused to admit that the world could possibly have been created by a God who combined infinite power with infinite wisdom and goodness. Moreover, he thought that this belief had a detrimental effect upon morality. 25 BRITISH EMPIRICISM 26 In 1823 Mill obtained, through his father's influence, a clerkship in the East India Company. And after successive promotions he became head of the office in 1856 with a substantial salary.
1 THE UTILITARIAN MOVEMENT (i) 23 as a result of Mill's encouragement that Ricardo published his Principles when he did, in economic theory Mill was more dependent on Ricardo than the other way round. In any case it was Ricardo's work which became the classical statement of Benthamite economics. In the view of his disciple J. R. McCulloch (1789-1864) Ricardo's great service was to state the fundamental theorem of the science of value. This was to the effect that in a free market the value of commodities is determined by the amount of labour required for their production.
This short work had previously appeared in instalments in Fraser's Magazine. ' 1 Mill also advocated proportional representation and the suffrage for women. Mill died at Avignon on May 8th, 1873. His Dissertations and Discussions appeared in four volumes between 1859 and 1875, while his Essays in Religion were published in 1874. Further reference to the last-named work, in which Mill discusses sympathetically the hypothesis of a finite God, that is, God limited in power, will be made in the next chapter.