A History of Irish Thought

A History of Irish Thought

By: Thomas Duddy (author)Paperback

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The first complete introduction to the subject ever published, A History of Irish Thought presents an inclusive survey of Irish thought and the history of Irish ideas against the backdrop of current political and social change in Ireland. Clearly written and engaging, the survey introduces an array of philosophers, polemicists, ideologists, satirists, scientists, poets and political and social reformers, from the anonymous seventh-century monk, the Irish Augustine, and John Scottus Eriugena, to the twentieth century and W.B. Yeats and Iris Murdoch. Thomas Duddy rediscovers the liveliest and most contested issues in the Irish past, and brings the history of Irish thought up to date. This volume will be of great value to anyone interested in Irish culture and its intellectual history.

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Thomas Duddy teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is author of Mind, Self and Interiority (1995).


Preface Acknowledgements 1 Interpreting Marvels: The Irish Augustine Enter, the Irish Augustine The theology of the Flood The theology of marvels The theology of angelic ministry The Irish Augustine and the African Doctor 2 The Philosophy of Creation: John Scottus Eriugena The five modes of interpretation The four conceptions of nature Nature, theophany, and pantheism The gendered and the pristine body The return to God Eriugena and the cult of the Free Spirit Scholars or thinkers: A postscript on Peter of Ireland and Richard Fitzralph 3 Nature Observed: Robert Boyle, William Molyneux, and the New Learning Robert Boyle, the Christian virtuoso Touching the spring of the air: A new departure ' A piece of green-wood burning': Boyle against the elements A thinking gentleman: William Molyneux, new learner and patriot Mr Molyneux to Mr Locke: An Anglo-Irish correspondence Against the self-image of the age: Michael Moore, a Paris Aristotelian from Ireland 4 John Toland and the Ascendancy of Reason Reason, revelation, and meaning Tyranny, superstition, and the politics of pantheism 'As in a glass darkly': Peter Browne and the argument from analogy Other partisans of mystery: Edward Synge and Philip Skelton God, good, and privation: The theodicy of William King Spirit and motion: The Philosophical animism of Robert Clayton Wonderfully Mending the World: George Berkeley and Jonathan Swift Seeing things: Berkeley's theory of vision Seeing (and not seeing) things: Berkeley's philosophy of perception The visible language of god The converting imagination: Swift against the moderns Modernism as madness: The moral of the Tale Abolishing Christianity: Swift against the free thinkers An unsentimental journey: Gulliver and the perversion of reason 6 Against the Selfish Philosophers: Francis Hutcheson, Edmund Burke, and James Usher Hutcheson and the stratagems of self-love The pleasures of morality Vice and cruelty explained The politics of happiness and the pleasures of civil union Reflection and reaction: the life and thought of Edmund Burke The taste of fear: Burke's aesthetics of sublimity From the sublime to the political: Burke and the philosophy of custom 'Shadowy similitudes': James Usher on the limits of language 'A benevolent conspiracy': Ireland and the thought of revolution 7 Peripheral Visions (1): Irish Thought in the Nineteenth Century Daniel O'Connell and Benthamism Anti-Union, anti-Credo, anti-Malthus: The subversive thought of George Ensor Producing happiness: The radical utilitarianism of William Thompson Happiness and suffrage: The feminist utilitarianism of Anna Doyle Wheeler The power of circumstance: The holistic philosophy of Henry MacCormac 8 Peripheral Visions (2): Irish Thought in the Nineteenth Century English theory, Irish facts: John Elliot Cairnes and the turn of political economy Religion and the science of genesis: Darwin in Ireland - John Tyndall, scientific evangelist Three non-Darwinian evolutionists: Gerald Molloy, J.J. Murphy, and G.G. Stokes Religion, rivalry, and progress: The social Darwinism of Benjamin Kidd Ethics and the primal nebula: Frances Power Cobbe - Varieties of Irish idealism: From William Rowan Hamilton to Oscar Wilde 9 Between Extremities: Irish Thought in the Twentieth Century Between self and anti-self: The visionary idealism of W.B. Yeats The dreams of reason: J.O. Wisdom on the unconcsious origins of thought Against method: M. O'C. Drury on the imprisoned mind 'Unutterable particularities': Iris Murdoch on the ethics of attention Being in the middle: William Desmond on tragedy, 'idiocy', and intimacy 'A vision of being free': Philip Pettit on mind, society, and the res publica

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  • publication date: 26/04/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780415206938
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9780415206938
  • weight: 521
  • ISBN10: 0415206936

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