ISBN13:978-0130485502 ISBN10: 0130485500 Edition/Copyright:3RD 03 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Prentice Hall, Inc. Published: 06/28/2002 International: No
Nineteenth-century European philosophy is characterized by a growing skepticism of the assumptions of earlier "modern philosophy." The pre-Kantian thinkers of the seventeenth and eighteenth century had believed there was a knowable, nonhuman rational order upon which thinking persons could willfully choose to act. The debates of these "modern philosophers" centered on where that order was to be found, how one was to know it, and what actions should follow. But following the monumental work of Immanuel Kant, a shift took place. Kant had concluded that while there is a rational nonhuman order (the "things-in-themselves" or "noumenal world"), it cannot be known or used as a basis for morality. The nineteenth-century thinkers who followed were dissatisfied with this conclusion. Some maintained that there was a knowable, rational order, but claimed that it constituted reality and hence one could not really choose to act upon it. Others concluded that there was a nonhuman order, but it was anything but rational. Still others denied that there is anything beyond the "space-time manifold" of phenomenal experience to direct human affairs.
The nineteenth-century philosophers included in this volume represent a variety of different responses to these issues. It is often commonplace to group nineteenth(and twentieth-) century philosophers into two groups: Continental thinkers and Anglo-American thinkers. In choosing readings for this volume, I have tried to provide a balance between these two approaches to philosophy. Accordingly, it is possible to trace the development of Continental thought beginning with Fichte and moving through Hegel, Schopenhauer, Comte, Feuerbach, Kierkegaard, Marx, and Nietzsche. Likewise, one can follow the Anglo-American concerns beginning with Bentham and continuing on through Wollstonecraft, Mill, Peirce, and James. (Of course the development of nineteenth-century is hardly that neat and tidy. Comte's writing, for instance, had a major influence on several British and American thinkers and the later "Anglo-American" philosophy of Logical Positivism--a philosophy that began on the Continent of Europe in Vienna.)
For this new edition I have added a selection from Mary Wollstonecraft, changed the selections from James and the translation of Marx's Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, and made a number of other small changes. In choosing texts for this volume, I have tried wherever possible to follow three principles: (1) to use complete works or, where more appropriate, complete sections of works (2) in clear translations (3) of texts central to the thinker's philosophy or widely accepted as part of the "canon." To make the works more accessible to students, most footnotes treating textual matters (variant readings, etc.) have been omitted and all Greek words have been transliterated and put within angle brackets. In addition, each thinker is introduced by a brief essay composed of three sections: (1) biographical (a glimpse of the life), (2) philosophical (a résumé of the philosopher's thought), and (3) bibliographical (suggestions for further reading).
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Baird, Forrest E. : Whitworth College
Forrest E. Baird is Professor and Chair of Philosophy & Religion at Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington.
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