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

He also denied that pleasure is the sole good, maintaining instead with T. If science could get rid of consciousness, it would have disposed of the blanshrad stumbling block to its universal application. In his Schilpp autobiography, he admitted to an early sympathy for socialism and to having voted the “straight Democratic ticket” over the previous odd years.

As for sentences, I blznshard say only one or two things that seem to me of especial importance in the writing of philosophy, and that I have not found much stressed in books on writing. A general, for example is accounted wise if he can foresee in detail how each of the courses open to him will affect the prospects of victory.

Put that question to the man who is at home in philosophy, and he will no doubt find it specific enough. There are philosophers and scientists of distinction whose writing is so uniformly cacophonous as to suggest either that they were congenitally lacking in the appropriate organ or that the suspicion of such a thing as rhythm had not occurred to them. But large parts of the Bhagavad-Gita and the Dhammapada, two classics among the scriptures of Indiaare devoted to maxims and counsels for the conduct of life.

Brand obtained his M. Now thought and feeling are so bound up with expression that it is only by observing their expression year after year and experi-menting with it freely that we discover what we are really like.

To be sure, philosophy must account of values, and in the appropriate fields it has much to say of beauty and deformity, of good and evil, and of the issues of religious belief. Why should this not hold also in the realm of boanshard mind?


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All this seems to be true. The only other American to have been so honored with John Dewey. Ewingthat the doctrine would have caught on far better had it been more accurately described in terms blanshaard “relevance” rather than of “internality”. Also strongly critical of reductionist accounts of mind e.

InBlanshard married Frances Bradshaw, [5] who would become dean of women at Swarthmore. But whereas the larger part of such life consists of an adjustment to what is immediately around us, religion seeks to go behind the appearance of things to what is self-subsistent, to blansbard which, intellectually and causally, will ex-plain everything else. Brand Blanshard was born August 27, in Fredericksburg, Ohio. Views Read Edit View history.

Brand Blanshard

Hence ornament for its own beautiful irrelevant sake must be placed under interdict. One of Blanshard’s most important exchanges on this topic was with philosopher Ernest Nagelwho attacked the doctrine of internal relations — indeed, Blanshard’s entire conception of reason — in his essay “Sovereign Reason”. Here, at any rate, is an example of what a sociologist can achieve when warmed to his theme in an article judged worthy of reprinting in a sourcebook of sociology: Some philoso-phers write to plan and scale; their heads and subheads are worked out in advance, and they follow them as a lawyer does his brief.

Surely it is partly because of brans spirit in which they thought and wrote. Reason is the substance from which all things derive their being. Concern with the art of living long preceded formal science or philosophy in human history.

And the incredible Hazlitt remarked about his own habit: But suppose that his subject is one of general interest, that the session is open to the public and that he knows many of his audience will be drawn from that public.

Lewis, July as published, Man of Reason: Theologically, Blanshard was raised Methodist but tended toward theological liberalism from an early age, a tendency that became more pronounced as he grew older. There have been many writers of philosophy in the past, there are many now, who, with great powers and much to say, say it so awkwardly, diffusely, and crabbedly, as to turn would-be readers away by their first page.


What led branv to philosophy was first of all his hope to follow his father and grandfather and to pursue a career in the ministry. Nevinson and Arthur Symons. I find other philosophers reporting that such planning is impossible for them, that they discover what they think only as they write, and that the arrangement of the whole must be deferred to the end, when they examine the amorphous thing to which they have given birth and tidy it up as best they can.

I leave out only the first word and ask you to form the best conjecture you can of what he is talking about: All ancient civilizations seem to have accumulated wisdom literatures, consisting largely of proverbs handed down from father to son as the crystallized results of experience. Without subscribing to so severe a doctrine, we can still agree that our bafflement as we read some writers on philosophy is not our fault at all, but due to the lack on their part of that last erg of energy needed hlanshard elicit an assumption or to make a distinction precise.

The stress on wisdom was maintained by his disciple Plato.

Similarly, whether an action is right or wrong depends, at least in part, on the results that it produces in the way of good and evil, and these results can be taken into account only by one who looks before he leaps. The question has often been canvassed whether it is better to write, in the main, in Latin or in Anglo-Saxon.