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McCosh, James 1811-1894

Works: 291 works in 1,409 publications in 3 languages and 14,303 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Contributor
Classifications: B1401, 917.3
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The Scottish philosophy, biographical, expository, critical, from Hutcheson to Hamilton by James McCosh( Book )

76 editions published between 1874 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

James McCosh (1811-94), the Scottish philosopher, graduated from the University of Glasgow, spent some time as a minister in the Church of Scotland but then returned to philosophy and spent most of his career at Princeton University. The eighteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment had many influential philosophers at its core. In this book, first published in 1875, McCosh outlines the theories of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century philosophers and identifies Scottish philosophy as a distinct school of thought. He summarises both the merits and the possible criticisms of each philosopher's work and also gives detailed biographical information. Among the philosophers discussed are the influential David Hume, Thomas Reid and Adam Smith. The final chapter focuses on Sir William Hamilton, a philosopher who greatly influenced McCosh (whose other works, The Religious Aspect of Evolution and The Method of the Divine Government are also reissued in this series)
Christianity and positivism : a series of lectures to the times on natural theology and apologetics by James McCosh( Book )

47 editions published between 1871 and 2012 in English and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like many religious thinkers of his time, the author sought to reconcile Christianity and evolution. As expressed in this 1871 collection, his argument--that evolution glorifies the divine designer--was popular among Presbyterian clergy. Divided into three sections "Christianity and Physical Science," "Christianity and Mental Science," and "Christianity and Historical Investigation" this volume is quite open-minded for its era
The method of the divine government physical and moral by James McCosh( Book )

104 editions published between 1850 and 2012 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This 1850 edition of The Method of The Divine Government is the Scottish philosopher and clergyman James McCosh's influential account of how God's providence, which in his opinion is an unquestionable fact, governs the world in both a physical (external) and in a moral (internal) sense. The latter is particularly connected to the many layers that make up man's conscience. This second edition, which consists of four parts ('books') and an appendix, differs from the original version as McCosh pays far more attention to first principles than to fundamental ones. He seeks to pinpoint God's character and probes the depths of man's conscience (First Book) and in the following he delves into the physical aspects of God's government, paying particular attention to Comte's Positivism. McCosh devotes part three to a detailed analysis of the human mind and moral nature and finally in the fourth part he reconciles God and man
The intuitions of the mind inductively investigated by James McCosh( Book )

83 editions published between 1860 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There is a constant reference in the present day to intuition. It is surely desirable to have it ascertained what intuition is. But if this is to be done satisfactorily, it must be done carefully it must be done elaborately. It is the aim of this work to determine the precise nature of intuition, by which I mean the capacity which the mind has of perceiving objects and truths at once without a process. But in accomplishing this end, I have had to find out the mode in which intuition operates, and the laws which it obeys, to distinguish between it and associated exercises, and to settle what it can do and what it cannot do; and this could be done only by a painstaking study of the human mind." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The religious aspect of evolution by James McCosh( Book )

28 editions published between 1888 and 2010 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Scottish scholar James McCosh (1811-94) was a champion of the Free church, a successful and much-published philosophy professor at Belfast for 16 years, and an energetic and innovative President of Princeton University from 1868 to 1888. The Religious Aspect of Evolution was published in 1888, and this second edition from 1890 took account of A. R. Wallace's latest work, Darwinism (1889, also reissued in this series). McCosh, who already in Ireland had developed a 'theory of the universe conditioned by Christian revelation' was one of very few clergymen in America who defended evolutionary theory. He impressed upon his students that while there seemed to be great truth in Darwin's theory, the work of the coming age must be to separate that truth from the error springing up around it. This would enable scholars to follow and even embrace science while also retaining their faith in the Bible
An examination of Mr. J.S. Mill's philosophy ; being a defence of fundamental truth by James McCosh( Book )

50 editions published between 1866 and 2012 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author's aim in this work is to defend a portion of primary truth which has been assailed by John Stuart Mill, an acute thinker who has extensive influence in England. The author attempts to expose the inconsistencies, the misunderstandings, and mistakes to be found in Mr. Mill's Examination of Sir William Hamilton's Philosophy or any of his other works. This author argues that Hamilton was the ablest and most learned defender of intuitive or a priori truth in our country in the past age. Mill, however, attacks this idea and advances deductive empiricism. In this book, the author provides a critique of Mill's philosophy and defends the idea of a fundamental, intuitive truth. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Typical forms and special ends in creation by James McCosh( Book )

51 editions published between 1856 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The principles now folly explained and illustrated in this work were first brought before the public in an article on Typical Forms by Dr. McCosh in the "North British Review" for August, 1851. The article in the "North British" on Typical Forms is a vigorous contribution to this middle department of theology, which, like a central area left unbuilt in a street after the completion of the erections on both sides, seems so necessary to the union of the contiguous fabrics, and to the design of the whole; and all that its perusal leaves us to regret is, that its accomplished author, in whom the reader will, we believe, recognize a most original thinker-a man already well known in the ethical field, both in our own country and America-should not have expanded it into a volume. But in the special field which he has chosen he need not greatly fear a competitor. The subject is one, too, on which thought ripens slowly; for, like the agricultural produce of a new colony, it has all to be raised from the seed; and the deeply interesting, but comparatively brief article of the reviewer, will, we can not doubt, be yet expanded into a separate treatise, which will prove none the less fresh, and all the more solid, from the circumstance that it should have appeared as an article first"--Volume. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The supernatural in relation to the natural by James McCosh( Book )

23 editions published between 1862 and 2012 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The supernatural was an intellectual preoccupation for Scottish philosopher, theologian and later President of Princeton University James McCosh (1811-94), who attacked John Stuart Mill's 1843 System of Logic (also reissued in this series) for not addressing the issue of the supernatural. In this work, published in 1862, McCosh gives his full attention to the question, saying his aim was to 'disentangle the confusion' about the relationship between the natural and supernatural. He defines the supernatural as anything acting outside the sphere of nature. The first part of the book examines the natural world's relationship to the supernatural through a discussion of the laws and principles that are thought to govern nature. The second part takes the opposite approach, considering the relationship of the supernatural to the natural by examining instances within Christian literature, such as prophecy and miracles, which are difficult to explain
Psychology: the cognitive powers by James McCosh( Book )

51 editions published between 1886 and 2012 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Explores cognitive functions in psychology. The book is divided into 3 sections, each examining a different cognitive process. The first section examines simple cognitive or presentative powers. It is argued that these are so called because they give knowledge in its simplest form (in the singular and concrete) and because the objects are now present and presented. Sense perception and self consciousness are discussed. The second section refers to the reproductive or representative powers, which include retention, fantasy, association of ideas, recognitive power, the power of composition, and the symbolic power. The last section involves comparative powers, defined as the mental power which notices the relations of objects and binds them in apprehension. Relations are classified (relation of identity and difference, whole and parts, resemblance, space, time, quantity, active power, and cause and effect), and discursive operations and intuition in the discovery of relations are discussed"--Publisher. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)
First and fundamental truths: being a treatise on metaphysics by James McCosh( Book )

23 editions published between 1889 and 2013 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Realistic philosophy defended in a philosophic series by James McCosh( Book )

27 editions published between 1887 and 1977 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychology: the motive powers, emotions, conscience, will by James McCosh( Book )

36 editions published between 1886 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume, I unfold the characteristics of the motive powers, as they are called the orective, the appetent, the impulsive powers; the feelings, the sentiments, the affections, the heart, as distinguished from the Gnostic, the cognitive, the intellect, the understanding, the reason, the head. These motive powers fall under three heads: the emotions, the conscience, the will. It is not to be understood that these are unconnected with each other, or with the cognitive; emotions contain an idea which is cognitive. The conscience may be regarded as combining characteristics of each of the two grand classes; being cognitive as discerning good and evil, and motive as leading to action; the will has to use the other powers as going on to action. Emotion occupies more room than the other two in this treatise, inasmuch as its operations are more varied, and as the account usually given of it (so it appears to me) is more defective"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The laws of discursive thought, being a text-book of formal logic by James McCosh( Book )

50 editions published between 1870 and 2010 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The emotions by James McCosh( Book )

19 editions published between 1880 and 2009 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this work the author treats the emotions as psychical acts, but does not overlook their physiological concomitants and effects. The author states that there are four elements involved in emotions. First, there is the affection, or what the author prefer calling the motive principle, or the appetence. Secondly, there is an idea of something, of some object or occurrence, as fitted to gratify or disappoint a motive principle or appetence. Thirdly, there is the conscious feeling. Fourthly, there is an organic affection. He who can unfold these four elements and allot to them their relative place and connection will clear up a subject which is only imperfectly understood at present, and show what emotion is in itself, and what its place in the human constitution. Each of these aspects has been noticed in works written both in ancient and modern times. But so far as is known to the author, the four elements have not been exhibited in their combination and their mutual relation by any one. In the first part of this book, the author devotes a chapter to each of the elements of emotion. In the second part of the book, the author classifies and describes the emotions. In the third part of the book, the author discusses complex emotions"--Publisher. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)
Wood's Bible animals : a description of the habits, structure, and uses of every living creature mentioned in the Scriptures ... by J. G Wood( Book )

25 editions published between 1870 and 1984 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tests of the various kinds of truth being a treatise of applied logic by James McCosh( Book )

9 editions published between 1889 and 1976 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our moral nature, being a brief system of ethics by James McCosh( Book )

11 editions published between 1892 and 2012 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The development of hypothesis: is it sufficient? by James McCosh( Book )

9 editions published between 1876 and 1976 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ideas in nature overlooked by Dr. Tyndall by James McCosh( Book )

10 editions published between 1875 and 2012 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inauguration of James McCosh ... as president of the College of New Jersey, Princeton. October 27, 1868 by James McCosh( Book )

3 editions published between 1868 and 1869 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The method of the divine government physical and moralThe intuitions of the mind inductively investigatedThe religious aspect of evolutionThe supernatural in relation to the natural