Brand Blanshard, emeritus Sterling professor of philosophy at Yale University, is the leading rationalist on the contemporary Anglo-American scene. A graduate. Brand Blanshard. Wisdom in its broadest and commonest sense denotes sound and serene judgment regarding the conduct of life. It may be accompanied by a. Manchester University, Brand Blanshard. Lord Macaulay once recorded in his diary a memorable attempt—his first and apparently also.

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And it must be conceived as a response of man’s nature as a whole. Of blanahard greater influence in the West has been the Wisdom literature of the Hebrew people, which consists of the more philosophical parts of the Old Testament and the Apocrypha.

That does exclude most applicants, including all the gaudier and more exciting ones, but it is not, after all a clean sweep.

Brand had no memory of his mother who died tragically when he and his twin brother, Paul, were just eleven months old. During a visit to Toronto intheir mother Emily fell down stairs while holding a kerosene lamp. Barrett Wendell, in his admirable book on writing, points out that clearness and vivid-ness often turn on mere specificity.

Blanshard argued that there is excellent reason to regard this “ideal” will as in fact real, and contended that it provided the foundation for a rational political theory.

Moore in our own day, he showed in the one wholly convincing way — by example — that philosophy could maintain all the sharp-eyed wariness of the specialist while walking the road of ordinary speech. The most unfailingly lucid writer in the history of English literature is Macaulay, whose speeches in particular are master-pieces of incisive statement.

But how often writers on religion, morals, or art leave one with the bleak impression that they have never come within miles of what these experiences are like to the people who have them! It was there that he met and worked with John Dewey.


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At that time he joined the faculty at Swarthmore College where he spent twenty years during which time his wife served as dean of women. Put him beside such a writer as Sidgwick, and he divides blansard once into two persons, a rhetorical giant and philosophical dwarf.

Blanshard held the law of causalityproperly understood, to be a logical law and believed that effects logically determine their causes as well as vice versa. Even a philosopher cannot mean such an absurdity. Joseph, to whose long friendship his work came to owe perhaps more than it did to any other philosopher.

He would not whisper a fascinating titbit of information to one friend while another who is equally interested is present, but feels no blansbard in talking to an audience in a language lost on half of them.

The emotions of these men, to be sure, are most various; but though their feeling varies, there is no question of its presence or its strength; far from keeping themselves out of what they write, they throw themselves bfand it headlong; they love and hate publicly, eloquently, and with all their hearts. They convey in a bramd ways how the facts strike them. I must confess that often, when I have tried to read the most popularly effective of German philosophical writers, Nietzsche, I have felt like throwing the book across the room.

Brand Blanshard

This rule is to bllanshard the emphases of sense and rhythm coincide. What is left him? To read him is to be conducted in urbane and almost courtly fashion about the spacious house he occupies, moving noiseless always on a richly figured carpet of prose.

Also strongly critical of reductionist accounts of mind e. The philosophers who blansyard displayed it in highest measure have not been the most consistent thinkers; but even through palpable inconsistencies they have, by their disinterestedness and candour, kept a hold on their readers which the builders of more impressive systems might well envy.


One way, not unpopular today, is to say that philosophy is gibberish, and that if readers blanshrad had the courage and intelligence of these three, they too would call a spade a spade. Of philosophers of high rank who have written in English, two of the most inconsistent are John Locke and John Stuart Mill.

Ewingthat the doctrine would have caught on far better had it been more accurately described in terms of “relevance” rather than of “internality”.

Sir Thomas Browne said that he liked to pursue his reason to an O Altitudo.

They plainly meant us to hear what they wrote. Realizing their need for good education, the family relocated to Detroit in so the boys could graduate from the well known Central High School. How is this failure in commu-nication to be explained? It would be invidious to indict by name, where the evidence could only be equivocal, but it is not at all hard to name names of the other side.

To such a reader Santayana seems to have a divided mind, and his doubleness of intent clogs the intellectual movement. He was no mere popularizer; he was an acute, original, and technical thinker, urging a theory that is about as shocking to common sense as any theory ever offered.

If science could get rid of consciousness, it would have disposed of the only stumbling block to its universal application. Furthermore, by reason of an unhappy temperament, some philosophers of name and influence, such as Rousseau, have been far from notable exemplars of wisdom in either controversy or conduct.

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