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Bowne, Borden Parker 1847-1910

Works: 127 works in 530 publications in 6 languages and 8,968 library holdings
Genres: Sermons  Controversial literature  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography 
Roles: Author
Classifications: BL200, 211
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Metaphysics : a study in first principles by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

52 editions published between 1882 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"That works on metaphysics are always useless, and generally absurd, is the profound conviction of many. This conviction, indeed, has seldom been reached by reflection, but is the outcome of echo, hearsay, and party-tradition. Whether in the views herewith presented I have grasped any truth; or whether, by long brooding in solitude, I have fallen a prey to some idol of the speculative den, must be left to the reader to decide. I am encouraged, however, to hope that I have not gone wholly astray by the fact that there is nothing unheard-of in the results reached. Leibnitz furnishes the starting-point, Herbart supplies the method, and the conclusions reached are essentially those of Lotze. I have reached them, for the most part, by strictly independent reflection; but, so far as their character is concerned, there would be no great misrepresentation in calling them Lotzian. So much concerning pedigree. The speculative significance of theism and of freedom has been especially emphasized in these pages. I have divided the work into three parts, whose titles are strongly suggestive of the ancient scholastic treatises on metaphysics. But the resemblance does not go beyond the titles; and these have been used as indicating better than any others the natural divisions of the subject. Ontology, or existence in general; cosmology, or cosmical existence and processes; and psychology, or psychical existence and processes, are the divisions which reflection upon experience immediately suggests. Of course, it is not expected to reach a knowledge of details by the way of speculation, but only to reach an outline-conception of reality which shall be valid for all details, and within which all specific study must be carried on"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The principles of ethics by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

23 editions published between 1892 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This work is an introduction to fundamental moral ideas and principles, rather than a detailed discussion of specific duties and virtues. Apart from this critical discussion on ethical theory, the work has two leading thoughts. One is the necessity of uniting the intuitive and the experience school of ethics in order to reach any working system. The other is that the aim of conduct is not abstract virtue, but fullness and richness of life"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Theory of thought and knowledge by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

27 editions published between 1897 and 2012 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Philosophy aims at a rational comprehension of reality. But the instrument of philosophy is thought itself. All systems of whatever kind, even systems of doubt and denial, must recognize the existence of laws of thought whereby the normal processes and results of thinking are distinguished from the abnormal. Without such recognition there is no distinction between rational and irrational, and naught remains but caprice, obstinacy, and infatuation. Hence the logical order of philosophical study is logic, epistemology, and metaphysics. The first treats of the laws of normal thinking, or the science of thought. The second applies these laws to the problem of knowledge, and, by analyzing the idea of knowledge, aims to discover its general conditions and implications. These two are only different aspects of the one question. The third asks after the final conceptions reached by thought concerning real existence, or, more specifically, concerning man, nature, and the fundamental reality. We have, then, as the most significant divisions of philosophic study the following: 1. Logic, or the Theory of Thought; 2. Epistemology, or the Theory of Knowledge; 3. Metaphysics, or the Theory of Being. The first two divisions will be discussed in the present volume. The third will be postponed to a second volume. A detailed and exhaustive discussion is not aimed at in the present work. The plan is rather to select such fundamental points for discussion as shall give the reader some idea of the essential nature of thought, and of the essential factors of the thought process. An insight into principles often dispenses with the discussion of details; and the study of details without a knowledge of principles can come to no conclusion beyond barren reflections and desultory observations"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved)
Personalism by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

27 editions published between 1908 and 2010 in English and Japanese and held by 661 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Early in the last century, M. Comte, the founder of French positivism, set forth his famous doctrine of the three stages of human thought. Man begins, he said, in the theological stage, when all phenomena are referred to wills, either in things or beyond them. After a while, through the discovery of law, the element of caprice and arbitrariness, and thus of will, is ruled out, and men pass to the second, or metaphysical stage. Here they explain phenomena by abstract conceptions of being, substance, cause, and the like. But these metaphysical conceptions are really only the ghosts of the earlier theological notions, and disappear upon criticism. When this is seen, thought passes into the third and last stage of development, the positive stage. Here men give up all inquiry into metaphysics as bootless, and content themselves with discovering and registering the uniformities of coexistence and sequence among phenomena. When this is done we have accomplished all that is possible in the nature of the case. Metaphysics is ruled out as a source of barren and misleading illusions, and science is installed in its place as a study of the uniformities of coexistence and sequence which are revealed in experience. In this view Comte was partly right and partly wrong. By explanation Comte understood causal explanation, and he was quite right in pointing out that explanation in terms of personality is the one with which men begin. He was equally right in saying that abstract metaphysics is only the ghost of the earlier personal explanations. Later philosophic criticism has shown that the conceptions of impersonal metaphysics are only the abstract forms of the self-conscious life, and that apart from that life they are empty and illusory. Comte was equally right in restricting positive science to the investigation and registration of the orders of coexistence and sequence in experience. But he was wrong in making caprice and arbitrariness essential marks of will, and equally wrong in rejecting all causal inquiry. The history of thought has judged his doctrine in this respect. Causal inquiry, though driven out with a fork, has always come running back, and always will. It only remains to give the causal doctrine the form which is necessary to free it from the objections of criticism. The aim of these lectures is to show that critical reflection brings us back again to the personal metaphysics which Comte rejected. We agree with him that abstract and impersonal metaphysics is a mirage of formal ideas, and even largely of words, which begin, continue, and end in abstraction and confusion. Causal explanation must always be in terms of personality, or it must vanish altogether. Thus we return to the theological stage, but we do so with a difference. Our notions of knowledge and its nature, our conception of reality and causality, our thoughts respecting space and time--the two great intimidating phantoms--these are the things that decide our general way of thinking and give direction to our thought even in morals and religion. Some harmless-looking doctrine is put forth in epistemology, and soon there is an agnostic chill in the air that is fatal to the highest spiritual faiths of the soul, or some sensual blight and mildew spread over the fairer growths of our nature. Space and time are made supreme laws of existence, and determinism and materialism and atheism are at the door"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)
Philosophy of theism by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

31 editions published between 1887 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 617 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Man is religious. However it came about, our race, at least as soon as it emerged from brutishness, possessed religious ideas and impulses. The earth is full of religion; and life and thought, art and literature, are moulded by it. Concerning this fact three questions may be asked. These concern respectively, (1) the source of religion, (2) the genesis and history of religion, and (3) the rational foundation or warrant of religion. This work does not aim to say everything about theism. I have rather sought to give an outline of the essential argument which might serve as a text for teachers and as a somewhat critical survey of the subject for other readers. Kant pointed out that the ontological argument properly proves nothing, and that the cosmological and the design argument depend on the ontological. The argument, then, is not demonstrative, and rests finally on the assumed existence of a perfect being. In a different form I have maintained the same position; but so far from concluding that theistic faith is baseless, I have sought to show that essentially the same postulate underlies our entire mental life. There is an element of faith and volition latent in all our theorizing. Where we cannot prove, we believe. Where we cannot demonstrate, we choose sides. This element of faith cannot be escaped in any field of thought, and without it the mind is helpless and dumb. Oversight of this fact has led to boundless verbal haggling and barren logic-chopping, in which it would be hard to say whether the affirmative or the negative be the more confused. Absurd demands for "proof" have been met with absurd "proofs." The argument has thus been transferred from the field of life and action, where it mainly belongs, to the arid wastes of formal logic, where it has fared scarcely better than the man who journeyed to Jericho from Jerusalem. The conclusion is that theism is the fundamental postulate of our total life." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Kant and Spencer; a critical exposition by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

15 editions published between 1912 and 2010 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in Christianity by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

22 editions published between 1879 and 2012 in English and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This essay has been written solely to relieve some of the difficulties under which popular religious thought labors because of misunderstanding. Indeed, the entire volume might be described as an aid to progressive orthodoxy, or as an attempt to combine the new theology with the old religion. The old religion, while remaining true to type, is gradually freeing itself from the crudities of early thought, manifesting its essential nature, and building itself into its ideal form. To help toward this consummation is the purpose of this book"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The essence of religion by Borden Parker Bowne( )

17 editions published between 1910 and 2010 in English and French and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of Bowne's most important sermons, some of which have appeared in other collections. It covers a large number of aspects of religion and faith, and summarizes well the thought and achievements of this great preacher
The immanence of God by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

23 editions published between 1903 and 2010 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction to psychological theory by Borden Parker Bowne( )

22 editions published between 1886 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The aim of this work is given in its title. First, it is an "introduction" only, and does not go into the details or the literature of the subject. The aim is to point out the highways of psychology, rather than its myriad by-ways. Secondly, it is an "introduction to psychological theory," and aims less at a knowledge of facts than at an understanding of principles. Until principles are settled there is no bar to the most fantastic theories and interpretations"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The philosophy of Herbert Spencer. Being an examination of the First principles of his system by Borden Parker Bowne( )

31 editions published between 1874 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book outlines the philosophy of Herbert Spencer, examining the first principles of his system. The studies we performed out of an interest in issues of individuality have shown that people may be characterized in ways that cut across traditional categories of perceiving, intelligence, and personality. This finding highlights the difficulty in attempting to consider these categories in isolation from each other. Are we describing a person's perception when we say of him that he spontaneously experiences his body as an entity apart from the surroundings, that he has an immediate impression of himself as a person separate from others? Or are we describing his personality? The identification of individual ways of functioning, expressed in diverse areas of psychological activity, causes us more and more to look across the traditional categories into which man's psychological life has often been divided, make the same claim; and, believing most heartily that Mr. Spencer has not found the truth, I have ventured to say so. Still the appeal is not to sentiment, much less to authority, but to the judicial reason. Let reason judge between us"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Theism by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

16 editions published between 1858 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in theism by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

25 editions published between 1879 and 2010 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Representative essays of Borden Parker Bowne by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

4 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The atonement by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

10 editions published between 1900 and 1906 in English and Norwegian and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Christian life : a study by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

10 editions published between 1899 and 2015 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Christian revelation by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

8 editions published between 1898 and 1975 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theism : comprising the Deems lectures for 1902 by Borden Parker Bowne( )

7 editions published between 1902 and 1989 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Methodist theology vs. Methodist theologians : a review of several Methodist writers by George W Wilson( Book )

2 editions published in 1904 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Woman and democracy by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

3 editions published in 1910 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Borden Parker Bowne Amerikaans filosoof (1847-1910)

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