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Bowne, Borden Parker 1847-1910

Works: 102 works in 488 publications in 5 languages and 8,508 library holdings
Genres: Controversial literature  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography 
Roles: Author
Classifications: BL200, 170
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Metaphysics : a study in first principles by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

50 editions published between 1882 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 658 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)
Kant and Spencer; a critical exposition by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

13 editions published between 1912 and 1967 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The principles of ethics by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

21 editions published between 1892 and 1982 in English and held by 509 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 )

26 editions published between 1897 and 2011 in English and held by 491 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 )

29 editions published between 1908 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 473 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)
Theism by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

21 editions published between 1887 and 1981 in English and Japanese and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The immanence of God by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

23 editions published between 1903 and 1979 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in Christianity by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

18 editions published between 1879 and 2012 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christian revelation -- Incarnation and the atonement -- Christian life -- Modern conception of the kingdom of God -- Church and moral progress -- Church and the truth
Studies in theism by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

26 editions published between 1879 and 2013 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction to psychological theory by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

21 editions published between 1886 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 219 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( Book )

29 editions published between 1874 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 217 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)
Representative essays of Borden Parker Bowne by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

4 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and held by 191 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 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Christian revelation by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

8 editions published between 1898 and 1975 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

9 editions published in 1899 in English and held by 93 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

Philosophy of Christian Science by Borden Parker Bowne( Book )

3 editions published in 1908 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Borden Parker Bowne, his life and his philosophy by Francis John McConnell( Book )

1 edition published in 1929 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Alternative Names
Borden Parker Bowne Amerikaans filosoof (1847-1910)

Bowne, Borden P.

Bowne, Borden Parker 1847-1910

Bowne, Bordon Parker

Parker Bowne, Borden 1847-1910

Боун, Борден Паркер

バウン, ボルデン

バウン, ボルデン P.

バウン, ボルデン ピー


PersonalismStudies in theism