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The Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea

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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, Professor Lovejoy copiously illustrates the influence of this conception as a whole, and of the ideas out of which it was compounded, upon the imagination and feelings as expressed in literature.

The Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea 2009, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ

ISBN-13: 9781412810265

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The Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea 1971, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674361539

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Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea 1936, Harvard University Press

ISBN-13: 9780674361508

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