Lectures and Essays: Volume 2

Lectures and Essays: Volume 2

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A fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and of the Royal Society, William Clifford (1845-79) made his reputation in applied mathematics, but his interests ranged far more widely, encompassing ethics, evolution, metaphysics and philosophy of mind. This posthumously collected two-volume work, first published in 1879, bears witness to the dexterity and eclecticism of this Victorian thinker, whose commitment to the most abstract principles of mathematics and the most concrete details of human experience resulted in vivid and often unexpected arguments. Volume 2 shows Clifford's thorough engagement with scientific thought as a method for illuminating ethical and moral questions. Essays such as 'Body and Mind', 'On the Scientific Basis of Morals' and 'The Ethics of Belief' all variously demonstrate Clifford's core tenet: that beliefs - whether they guide human action or scientific enquiry - 'can never suffer from investigation'.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus.
  • 1139149881
  • 9781139149884

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Lectures and Essays continued: 8. Instruments used in measurement; 9. Body and mind; 10. On the nature of things-in-themselves; 11. On the types of compound statement involving four classes; 12. On the scientific basis of morals; 13. Right and wrong: the scientific ground of their distinction; 14. The ethics of belief; 15. The ethics of religion; 16. The influence upon morality of a decline in religious belief; Cosmic emotion; Virchow on the teaching of science.show more