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The Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea - The William James Lectures (Paperback)Arthur O. Lovejoy (author)
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Publisher: Harvard University Press
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 203 x 133 x 26 mm
One of the great books of our generation. -- Marjorie Nicolson * American Scholar *
A fascinating and moving book... Everyone interested in the larger ironies of human history should read [it]. -- Ernest Nagel * New Republic *
Men are galvanized by ideas and act as vehicles for them... Such a ruling idea is that of the great chain of being. Prof. Lovejoy's study records the birth, the growth, the vicissitudes, transformations, and finally the senility, and perhaps the death of this idea. The study is as fascinating as that of the rise and decay of an empire, and, in fact, it is the study of the empire of an idea over human minds throughout many centuries... Prof. Lovejoy's approach is fresh and different... The learning exhibited in this book is vast. -- Raphael Demos * Modern Language Notes *
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