The Great Chain of Being

The Great Chain of Being

A Study of the History of An Idea : the William James Lectures Delivered at Harvard University, 1933

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Harvard University Press
From later antiquity down to the close of the eighteenth century, most philosophers and men of science and, indeed, most educated men, accepted without question a traditional view of the plan and structure of the world.In this volume, which embodies the William James lectures for 1933, Arthur O. Lovejoy points out the three principles—plenitude, continuity, and graduation—which were combined in this conception; analyzes their origins in the philosophies of Plato, Aristotle, and the Neoplatonists; traces the most important of their diverse samifications in subsequent religious thought, in metaphysics, in ethics and aesthetics, and in astronomical and biological theories; and copiously illustrates the influence of the conception as a whole, and of the ideas out of which it was compounded, upon the imagination and feelings as expressed in literature.
From later antiquity to the close of the 18th century, most educated men accepted without question a traditional view of the plan and structure of the world. In this volume, Lovejoy copiously illustrates the influence of this conception, and of the ideas out of which it was compounded, upon the imagination and feelings as expressed in literature.

Baker & Taylor
Reviews the ideas and implications of the Chain of Being and its impact on the history of Western thought

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, Ă1964
ISBN: 9780674040335
0674040333
0674361539
9780674361539
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 382 pages)
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Alternative Title: Chain of being

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