America and the Political Philosophy of Common Sense (The by Scott Philip Segrest PDF

By Scott Philip Segrest

ISBN-10: 0826218733

ISBN-13: 9780826218735

From Aristotle to Thomas Jefferson, seminal thinkers have declared “common feel” crucial for ethical discernment and civilized dwelling. but the tale of common-sense philosophy isn't renowned today.


            In America and the Political Philosophy of universal Sense, Scott Segrest lines the heritage and explores the non-public and social that means of logic as understood in particular in American suggestion and as mirrored in particular within the writings of 3 paradigmatic thinkers: John Witherspoon, James McCosh, and William James. the 1st symbolize Scottish good judgment and the 3rd, Pragmatism, the universities that jointly ruled American greater concept for almost centuries.


Educated americans of the founding interval warmly acquired Scottish logic, Segrest writes, since it mirrored so good what they already idea, and he uncovers the elemental parts of yankee good judgment in studying the idea of Witherspoon, who brought that philosophy to them. With McCosh, he exhibits the furthest improvement and boundaries of the philosophy, and with it of yank logic in its Scottish realist part. With James, he exhibits different dimensions of good judgment that american citizens had lengthy embraced yet that had by no means been tested philosophically.


            basically, Segrest’s paintings is way greater than an highbrow heritage. it's a research of the yankee brain and of logic itself—its crucial personality and its human value, either ethical and political. It used to be logic, he affirms, that underlay the statement of Independence and the founders’ rules of correct and legal responsibility which are nonetheless with us at the present time. Segrest means that realizing this starting place and James’s fresh of it can be the foremost to preserving America’s very important ethical middle opposed to a starting to be alienation from logic around the Western world.


Stressing the urgency of realizing and keeping logic, Segrest’s paintings sheds new mild on an undervalued element of yank notion and adventure, aiding us to understand the ramifications of common sense philosophy for dignified living.

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