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

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This is arguably the seminal work in historical and philosophical analysis of the twentieth century. Originally delivered for the William James lecture series at Harvard University in 1932-33, it remains the cornerstone of the history of ideas. Lovejoy sees philosophy's history as one of confusion of ideas, a prime example of which is the idea of a "great chain of being"--a universe linked in theology, science and values by pre-determined stages in all phases of life. Lovejoy's view is one of dualities in nature and society ...

The Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea 2017, Routledge, London

ISBN-13: 9781138536005

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

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

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Great Chain of Being: A Study of the History of an Idea 1936, Harvard University Press, Cambridge (Mass.)

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