Thomas Brown: Selected Philosophical Writings

Thomas Brown: Selected Philosophical Writings

by Thomas Dixon
     
 

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Thomas Brown (1778–1820), Professor of Moral Philosophy in Edinburgh, was among the most prominent and widely read British philosophers of the first half of the nineteenth century. An influential interpreter of both Hume and Reid, Brown provided a bridge between the Scottish school of 'Common Sense' and the later positivism of John Stuart Mill and others. The

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Thomas Brown (1778–1820), Professor of Moral Philosophy in Edinburgh, was among the most prominent and widely read British philosophers of the first half of the nineteenth century. An influential interpreter of both Hume and Reid, Brown provided a bridge between the Scottish school of 'Common Sense' and the later positivism of John Stuart Mill and others. The selections in this volume illustrate Brown’s original ideas about mental science, cause and effect, emotions and ethics. They are preceded by an introduction situating Brown’s career and writings in their intellectual and historical context.

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"Hamilton’s attack on Brown was controversial and contributed to the later censure of Hamilton himself by his greatest opponent, John Stuart Mill, who admired Brown and inflicted massively disproportionate harm on Hamilton’s reputation". "This short edition of Brown’s Selected Philosophical Writings is a fine additionto what is now becoming a most valuable collection of texts in The Library ofScottish Philosophy series"

"Thomas Brown’s untimely death in 1820 at the age of just 42 probably did moreharm in Scotland to the philosophy of Reid than Brown himself was accused ofcausing by Sir William Hamilton, just one decade later. Following Brown’s death,the highly prized Chair of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh scandalously fell into thehands of John Wilson, the once famous ‘Christopher North’ of Blackwood’sMagazine fame".

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"Hamilton's attack on Brown was controversial and contributed to the later censure of Hamilton himself by his greatest opponent, John Stuart Mill, who admired Brown and inflicted massively disproportionate harm on Hamilton’s reputation... This short edition of Brown’s Selected Philosophical Writings is a fine addition to what is now becoming a most valuable collection of texts in The Library of Scottish Philosophy series."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845401627
Publisher:
Imprint Academic
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Series:
Library of Scottish Philosophy Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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Thomas Dixon is Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London.

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