The Idealist Illusion and Other Essays

The Idealist Illusion and Other Essays

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This book presents three of Blondel's most important articles, which have not yet appeared in English. These are Idealist Illusion (1898), The Elementary Principle of a Logic of the Moral Life (1903), and The Starting Point of Philosophy (1906). These essays became significant in Blondel's transition from the early Action (1893) to his later works on Thinking (1934), Being and Beings (1935), and Action (1936-7). They offer evidence for and explain the nature of the pragmatism in Blondel's thought, which developed as he began to articulate the logic of action in response to the criticism that he was an idealist. The Introduction argues that Blondel's measured response to this charge led to the development of a metaphysics of the concrete life and allied him closely to the commonsense school of Reid. These articles should interest students of philosophy and theology who want to explore the theme of concrete experience.In particular, Blondel will have recalled Spira#39;s conclusion that aquot;We must, in summary, conclude frankly that there is a ... Not only in actual fact does logic regulate what our learned reflection can put a#39;into shapea#39;; but it should apply, it really doesanbsp;...

Title:The Idealist Illusion and Other Essays
Author:Maurice Blondel, Fiachra Long, Claude Troisfontaines
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2000-10-31


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