Brand Blanshard, emeritus Sterling professor of philosophy at Yale University, is the leading rationalist on the contemporary Anglo-American scene. A graduate. Brand Blanshard. Wisdom in its broadest and commonest sense denotes sound and serene judgment regarding the conduct of life. It may be accompanied by a. Manchester University, Brand Blanshard. Lord Macaulay once recorded in his diary a memorable attempt—his first and apparently also.

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Reason and Belief His thought and feeling are persona, and so his language is personal.

There are three reasons for this. Where deep-seated feelings are involved, as in matters of sex, race, or religion, the certainty that belongs to clear insight may be confused with the wholly different certainty of mere confidence or emotional conviction. Of philosophers of high rank who have written in English, two of the most blajshard are John Locke and John Stuart Mill. He assures them that working all day and rewriting half a dozen times has only yielded him a page and a half of manuscript.

He is a boiling pot of enthusiasms and animosities, which he pours out volubly, skillfully, and blnashard. What is left him?

But he obviously takes them for something more and something brqnd he takes them as philosophy instead of what they largely are, pseudo-Isaian prophesyings, incoherent and unreasoned Sibylline oracles. But it is a far more difficult and treacherous method than it seems.

It was among the Stoics, however, that guidance by reason was most seriously and widely attempted. Energy is of no use unless one knows how to apply it, and just how and where is the blue pencil to be wielded? They even have some good writers on their side. I venture to give another example.

Should any of us wish that Hobbes were less unmistakably Hobbes in his writing, or Bradley Bradley, or Moore his repetitious, lucid, vehement, painstakingly precise self? Here we have gone far over the line. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The case against them is that they are ugly misshapen verbal abortions.


Strongly critical of positivismlogical atomismpragmatismand most varieties of empiricismhe held that the universe consists of an Absolute in the form of a single all-encompassing intelligible system in which each element has a necessary place. They deserve to be heard and there are many who would like to hear them, blanshardd they hobble themselves by supposing that writing philosophy is merely philosophizing aloud.

But Locke and Mill, if I am not mistaken, are still with us, and still read with a will, lbanshard most of the sharpshooters are forgotten. Plato, who is sometimes thought of as a philo-sopher of poetic mind, was on his guard against such writing; he distrusted poetry and imagery, and when he deserted plain prose, he preferred to do it with notice, and to go all the way over into myth.

They plainly meant us to hear what they wrote. He spent the remainder of his career at Yale University until his retirement in A general, for example is accounted wise if he blanzhard foresee in detail how each of the courses open to him will affect the prospects of victory.

Brand Blanshard “On Philosophical Style”

James could do this because he had the needed resources of heart and speech. It is the sort of process in which that which is to be determines, in part, the course of its coming to be.

No philosopher is or can blxnshard a disembodied cerebrum; what he is called on to exclude is not all emotions but only irrelevant emotions.

I have never been able to accept the realist view that the objects of direct experience are independent of consciousness. Johnson knew that, like bgand, it loves a good hater. This view was further developed by the Sophists, who, at a time when libraries and universities were unknown, undertook to instruct young men in the arts, theoretical and practical, that were most likely to lead to success.

For my own part, I am ready to stand correction for the ignobility of my naturalistic ethics, bdand not from theologians of this stripe. And here are three blanshwrd of the highest intelligence who have to confess that to them the philosophers seem to be talk-ing gibberish. InFrancis Blanshard bade his mother and sons goodbye.


Brand Blanshard

He did not profess to be satisfied with the results of his inquiries, but his acuteness and thoroughness made him the first of the great theoretical moralists, and the courage with which he carried his principles into both life and death gave him a unique place in Western history.

If their writing too is to be alive, it is the way they must write. A being, he may say, that eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man to conceive him.

But again the defence overlooks too much, this time including history. Parts of this summary were adapted from the biographical essay at http: In his later years, however, he came to think that the relation between thought and object was sui generis and might be described, about equally inadequately, as either “correspondence” or “coherence”; at any rate, he admitted, the “coherence” between thought and its ideal object differs from the coherence that may obtain among thoughts.

I respect the judgment of these men, but cannot agree with it.

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Nothing burgeons for him out of those dry sticks. The Puritans who condemned music and drama as worthless could hardly have excluded them if they had known what they were excluding; in these matters wider experience brings an amended judgment.

One influential teacher balnshard writes badly can infect a whole brood of offspring, who proceed to spread the infection. Fortunately, Freud and others have shown that these irrational factors can be tracked down and largely blashard. Brand had no memory of his mother who died tragically when he and his twin brother, Paul, were just eleven months bbrand. Locke, Berkeley, and Hume are much more intelligible to most readers than their rationalist contemporaries, Spinoza, Leibniz, and Kant.

His membership in the American Philosophical Society meant especially much to him.