Dissertazioni Della Pontificia Accademia Romana Di Archeologia

Dissertazioni Della Pontificia Accademia Romana Di Archeologia

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...a criticism. It is true that it is sometimes as difficult, if not more so, to understand the doctrine of a philosopher with regard to a given problem, as it is to solve the problem itself--and this is a position in which a reader of this book will not infrequently find himself--but at the same time if the intention is to write a history of philosophy, it is very necessary to explain the doctrines of philosophy, wherever that is possible; and though this may necessitate interpretation, ingenious or otherwise, it is difficult to understand how such explanations can be given without pointing out where and how their doctrines are right or wrong: that is, without criticism from a point of view which is assumed to be true, namely, from the philosophical standpoint of the authors. Possibly the authors felt that a sufficient element of criticism was supplied in the presence of the doctrines of philosophers who are many and by no means always in agreement: possibly, too, they may have felt that their own criticism would be no more exempt from objection than the doctrines of any of the philosophers whom they quote. And it is true that the plan of the book, by which the views of philosophers who disagree and often criticise one another, are presented upon the same problem, does remedy the defect to some extent. Yet even in this advantage there is a defect: for unless great care is taken in the use of the book, and unless the reader is careful to analyze and is helped by his teacher to analyze, there is a danger of his acquiring a spirit, not, it is true, of a "dogmatique etroit et outrecuidant," but of unwholesome eclecticism, and nothing for a beginner is more fatal than the habit, which is perhaps more than elsewhere conspicuous at...
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  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 358g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236770161
  • 9781236770165