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The Authentic Tawney
     

The Authentic Tawney

by Gary Armstrong
 

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Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914) was, perhaps, first and foremost a practising or experimental scientist. However, Peirce was also a philosopher, and to him the relation between science and metaphysics was intimate. Peirce not only wanted to develop a metaphysical system consistent with the important scientific results and conceptions of his time, but also, like

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Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914) was, perhaps, first and foremost a practising or experimental scientist. However, Peirce was also a philosopher, and to him the relation between science and metaphysics was intimate. Peirce not only wanted to develop a metaphysical system consistent with the important scientific results and conceptions of his time, but also, like Immanuel Kant, to set metaphysics on the path of a science. This collection of articles investigates central themes and difficulties in the metaphysics of Peirce — some of the articles clarify aspects of his metaphysics, others also show their contemporary relevance. The essays fall under the different headings of ontology, psychical or religious metaphysics and, finally, physical metaphysics.

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Bookbag

"Takes a fresh look at the political writing of R.H. Tawney & the authors assert that Tawney's ideas changed markedly through the course of his life and lack the consistency that other interpreters have erroneously attributed to them."

Noel Thompson

"The core of this volume is a critique of what the authors see as the predominance in the literature of an 'essentialist' rendition of Tawney’s political economy... Moreover Tawney never deviated from the notion of human beings as ends in themselves and not simply means to ends. And the ethical basis of such a position was inextricably imbricated with his Christianity."

Social Policy & Administration - R.M. Page

"While Armstrong and Craig recognize the continuing relevance of Tawney's ideas, they are keen to demonstrate that existing scholarship has exaggerated the underlying coherence of some of his ideas, underplayed the changes in his thinking over time and failed to recognize the declining impact of Christianity on his political thought."

Review of Politics - Adam Seligman

"One almost feels it re?ects current political concerns and con?icts much more than those of the ?rst half of the twentieth century. It is for the moral force of this critique that we should continue to turn to Tawney's writings to gain an appreciation not of his stature, but of our obligations."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845402235
Publisher:
Imprint Academic
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
Cybernetics and Human Knowing: a Journal of Second-Order Cybernetics Auto Poiesis Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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