By W. T. Jones, Robert J. Fogelin
A background OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY examines the character of philosophical company and philosophy's function in Western tradition. Jones and Fogelin weave key passages from vintage philosophy works into their reviews and criticisms, giving A heritage OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY the mixed benefits of a resource ebook and textbook. The textual content concentrates on significant figures in each one historic interval, combining exposition with direct quotations from the philosophers themselves. The textual content areas philosophers in acceptable cultural context and exhibits how their theories mirror the worries in their occasions.
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Now to these two as to diverse ends it behoves him to come by diverse means. For to the first we attain by the teachings of philosophy. To the second by spiritual teachings which transcend human reason. . Wherefore man has need of a twofold directive power according to his twofold end, to wit, the supreme pontiff, to lead the human race, in accordance with things revealed, to eternal life; and the emperor, to direct the human race to temporal felicity in accordance with the teachings of philosophy.
One of the major results of the economic changes just discussed was the emergence of a new political entity, the nation-state. But the nation-state and the realignment of political forces that accompanied it also helped make possible these economic changes. Here again, events are reciprocally causes and effects of each other, thus validating the analogy of interweaving strands. Let us now focus attention on the political strands in this network of events. Two of the most important of these are the closely connected ideas of nationalism and of sovereignty.
Providence, then, has set two ends before man to be contemplated by him: the blessedness, to wit, of this life, which consists in the exercise of his proper power . . , and the blessedness of eternal life. . Now to these two as to diverse ends it behoves him to come by diverse means. For to the first we attain by the teachings of philosophy. To the second by spiritual teachings which transcend human reason. . Wherefore man has need of a twofold directive power according to his twofold end, to wit, the supreme pontiff, to lead the human race, in accordance with things revealed, to eternal life; and the emperor, to direct the human race to temporal felicity in accordance with the teachings of philosophy.
A History of Western Philosophy: Hobbes to Hume by W. T. Jones, Robert J. Fogelin