The Logical Foundations of Bradley's Metaphysics: Judgment, by James Allard

By James Allard

This e-book is an incredible contribution to the learn of the thinker F. H. Bradley, the main influential member of the nineteenth-century tuition of British Idealists. It bargains a sustained interpretation of Bradley's rules of good judgment, explaining the matter of ways it truly is attainable for inferences to be either legitimate and but have conclusions that include new details. the writer then describes how this answer offers a foundation for Bradley's metaphysical view that fact is one interconnected event and the way this offers upward thrust to a brand new challenge of fact.

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But to do this, the materialist must begin with a set of data that are nonmental. Following Kant, Caird claims that this is impossible. To conceive of data requires the categories of self-consciousness. Even supposing that bare sensations are given, they do not become data without the unifying action of mind by means of logical categories. Because these data presuppose the existence of mind, Faith, Idealism, and Logic 15 it follows that materialism presupposes the existence of mind and hence is self-contradictory.

F. W. Herschel’s Baconian Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural Philosophy (1987). Whewell attempted to meet this difficulty by arguing that the conceptual component of science is not an inductive generalization from experience but is invented by the mind and imposed on observed facts. Such an imposed concept brings previously unrelated facts under a common concept (“colligates” them, in Whewell’s vocabulary). This concept can then be used in a hypothesis from which observed facts can be deduced.

11 John was fifteen years older than Edward, but his philosophical development was slower. John had little formal training in philosophy. From 1845 until 1862 he served as a minister in a number of Presbyterian parishes. During these years he developed an interest in theology, and in order to follow this interest he learned German. In 1862, after much hesitation, he became the successful candidate for the chair in theology at the University of Glasgow. In 1873 he became principal of the University of Glasgow.

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