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By Scott Philip Segrest

ISBN-10: 0826218733

ISBN-13: 9780826218735

From Aristotle to Thomas Jefferson, seminal thinkers have declared 'common feel' crucial for ethical discernment and civilized dwelling. but the tale of common sense philosophy isn't popular this present day. In "America and the Political Philosophy of universal Sense", Scott Segrest strains the heritage and explores the non-public and social that means of good judgment as understood particularly in American proposal and as mirrored particularly within the writings of 3 paradigmatic thinkers: John Witherspoon, James McCosh, and William James. the 1st signify Scottish good judgment and the 3rd, Pragmatism, the colleges that jointly ruled American greater idea for almost centuries. proficient american citizens of the founding interval warmly bought Scottish logic, Segrest writes, since it mirrored so good what they already idea, and he uncovers the fundamental parts of yankee good judgment in studying the concept of Witherspoon, who brought that philosophy to them. With McCosh, he exhibits the furthest improvement and bounds of the philosophy, and with it of yankee good judgment in its Scottish realist part. With James, he indicates different dimensions of good judgment american citizens had lengthy embraced yet that had by no means been tested philosophically. basically, Segrest's paintings is way greater than an highbrow background. it's a research of the yankee brain and of good judgment itself - its crucial personality and its human value, either ethical and political. It was once logic, he affirms, that underlay the assertion of Independence and the founders' principles of correct and legal responsibility which are nonetheless with us this present day. Segrest means that knowing this beginning and James' clean of it can be the most important to preserving America's important ethical center opposed to a turning out to be alienation from good judgment around the Western international. Stressing the urgency of knowing and protecting logic, Segrest's paintings sheds new gentle on an undervalued point of yank notion and adventure, supporting us to understand the ramifications of common-sense philosophy for dignified dwelling.

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Every effort has been made here to give a rigorous and meticulous treatment of the subject matter, but this subject matter is of such a nature as to require moving beyond contemporary professional boundaries. I aim to connect lived experience, philosophically examined, with the movements of society, and I try to uncover the kind of basic experiences and habits that make civilization possible. The task is formidable. No one should expect here more than a beginning and an outline of what needs working out.

Inside of the living, moving, active thickness of the real, and all the abstractions and distinctions are given into your hand. . But keep outside, use your post-mortem method, try to build the philosophy up out of the single phrases, taking first one and then another and seeking to make them fit “logically,” and of course you fail. 36 The method as it relates to the material examined here is immersion in the process of common sense tradition as it touches the American experience. My intuition is that a center of American life and order does in fact exist, if it can hold; that it has something to do with what is called common sense; and further, that this center is emblematic of others holding together other decent regimes.

Common sense philosophy” was a philosophical movement of the late eighteenth and the first half of the nineteenth centuries that had its roots in England, grew up in Scotland, and found its warmest reception in America. Pragmatism, that home-grown American philosophy, has its own roots in this earlier movement and must be accounted an extension of the “tradition of common sense” that Voegelin speaks of. But the classical and Stoic philosophers had recognized the importance of the existential posture that Voegelin calls the “common sense attitude” long before Anglo-American common sense philosophy was ever born, and conceptually the latter tradition owes much to 24 America and the Political Philosophy of Common Sense those ancient philosophic pioneers.

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