The Mind of God and the Works of Man

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byEdward Craig

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Seeking to rediscover the connection between philosophy as studied in universities and those general views of man and reality which are 'philosophy' to the educated layman, Edward Craig here offers a view of philosophy and its history since the early seventeenth century. He presents thisperiod as concerned primarily with just two visions of the essential nature of man. One portrays human beings as made in the image of God, required to resemble him as far as lies in our power; the other sees us as autonomous creators of our own environment and values. The author writes with a broadsweep not encouraged by recent fashion, yet shows (with particular reference to Hume and Hegel) how textual detail which previous commentators have found opaque becomes transparent when viewed against such a background. In the final chapter he treats passages from recent work in the same way. The general conceptions which philosophical thought embodies can equally well be embodied in other media, especially literary. The author illustrates this point with German and English examples and thereby draws together disciplines often felt to be far apart. He also reveals strikingsimilarities between Anglo-American and certain twentieth-century continental European lines of thought.

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Seeking to rediscover the connection between philosophy as studied in universities and those general views of man and reality which are 'philosophy' to the educated layman, Edward Craig here offers a view of philosophy and its history since the early seventeenth century. He presents this period as concerned primarily with just two visi...

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Seeking to rediscover the connection between philosophy as studied in universities and those general views of man and reality which are 'philosophy' to the educated layman, Edward Craig here offers a view of philosophy and its history since the early seventeenth century. He presents thisperiod as concerned primarily with just two visi...

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Seeking to rediscover the connection between philosophy as studied in universities and those general views of man and reality which are 'philosophy' to the educated layman, Edward Craig here offers a view of philosophy and its history since the early seventeenth century. He presents this period as concerned primarily with just two visi...

Edward Craig is Reader in Modern Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, where he has taught, and been a member of Churchill College, since 1966. He has held visiting professorships at Hamburg, Heidelberg, and Melbourne. He is the author of Knowledge and the State of Nature (Clarendon Press, 1990). He was the editor of the journa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. The Mind of God2. One Way to Read Hume3. The Metaphysics of the Romantic Era4. One Way to Read Hegel5. The Works of Man6. One way to Read OurselvesIndex

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Seeking to rediscover the connection between philosophy as studied in universities and those general views of man and reality which are 'philosophy' to the educated layman, Edward Craig here offers a view of philosophy and its history since the early seventeenth century. He presents this period as concerned primarily with just two visions of the essential nature of man. One portrays human beings as made in the image of God, required to resemble him as far as lies in our power; the other sees us as autonomous creators of our own environment and values. The author writes with a broad sweep, yet shows ( with particular reference to Hume and Hegel) how textual detail which previous commentators have found opaque becomes transparent when viewed against such a background. In the final chapter he treats passages from recent work in the same way.

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"A rich and fascinating book, covering a host of topics from the seventeenth century to the present, with the discussion ranging from general overviews to detailed discussions of particular philosophers or issues.... Comparable in its breadth and insight to Richard Rorty's Mirror of Nature, and it deserves as wide an audience."--Journal of Philosophy. "Craig's study combines an historical survey of the development of philosophy from Descartes to the present day, an interpretation of two philosophers, Hume and Hegel, a general theory of philosophy, and a critique of the present state of the discipline.... Enormously worthwhile."--Canadian Philosophical Review.