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McCosh, James 1811-1894

Works: 280 works in 1,379 publications in 2 languages and 14,263 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Contributor
Classifications: BF121, 917.3
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Christianity and positivism a series of lectures to the times on natural theology and apologetics by James McCosh( Book )

45 editions published between 1871 and 2012 in English and held by 586 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 )

101 editions published between 1850 and 2010 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We live in an age in which the reflecting portion of mankind are much addicted to the contemplation of the works of nature. It is the object of the author in this Treatise to "interrogate nature," with the view of making her utter her voice in answer to some of the most important questions which the inquiring spirit of man can put. To guard against misapprehension, he wishes it to be understood that he treats in this book of the Method of the Divine Government in the world rather than in the Church; of the ordinary providence of God rather than his extraordinary dealings towards his redeemed people." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)
The intuitions of the mind inductively investigated by James McCosh( Book )

79 editions published between 1860 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 512 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 clone 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"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The religious aspect of evolution by James McCosh( Book )

27 editions published between 1888 and 2010 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of Mr. J.S. Mill's philosophy being a defence of fundamental truth by James McCosh( Book )

52 editions published between 1866 and 2012 in English and held by 392 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 )

45 editions published between 1856 and 1881 in English and held by 373 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"--Book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The supernatural in relation to the natural by James McCosh( Book )

22 editions published between 1862 and 2012 in English and held by 358 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 )

50 editions published between 1886 and 2012 in English and held by 325 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"--Résumé de l'éditeur. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)
The laws of discursive thought, being a text-book of formal logic by James McCosh( Book )

64 editions published between 1870 and 2011 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The main feature of this logical treatise is to be found in the more thorough investigation of the nature of the notion, in regard to which the views of the school of Locke and Whately are very defective, and the views of the school of Kant and Hamilton altogether erroneous. The Port Royal Logic complains that the part of logic which comprehends the rules of reasoning is regarded as the most important; and maintains that the greater part of the errors of men arises from their reasoning on wrong principles, rather than from their reasoning wrongly from their principles. It is as true of this age as of the seventeenth century, that the attention of logicians has been confined almost entirely to reasoning. I believe that it is the notion which requires at this time to be specially examined. I believe that errors spring far more frequently from obscure, inadequate, indistinct, and confused notions, and from not placing the notions in their proper relation in judgment, than from ratiocination. Even in reasoning, most mistakes proceed from confusion lurking in the apprehensions of the mind. We are in more need, at present, of a new analysis of the notion and the judgment, than of the reasoning process. I have found that in the more thorough evolution of the nature of the notion, especially in the thorough-going separation of the abstract notion from the singular and universal, we have the means of settling the curious questions which have been started in regard to judgment and reasoning in the new analytic. In this treatise, the notion (with the term, and the relation of thought to language) will be found to occupy a larger relative place than in any logical work written since the time of the famous Art of Thinking"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
First and fundamental truths: being a treatise on metaphysics by James McCosh( Book )

22 editions published between 1889 and 2010 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

35 editions published between 1886 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 247 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)
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 156 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 131 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 129 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

German psychology of to-day; the empirical school by Th Ribot( Book )

11 editions published between 1886 and 2012 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"American and English students will be grateful to have M. Ribot's valuable work in their own tongue by a competent translator. It contains the combined result of careful observations, experiments, and calculations which can not be obtained otherwise, except by reading innumerable books and monographs most difficult to collect. His interpretations and criticisms also are original and profound. If we would properly estimate the exact nature and functions of what is called Physiological Psychology, we must adhere resolutely to two positions, which to some may seem opposed, but are really confirmatory of each other. We have now a clear and comprehensive account of the German observations, experiments, and discussions in this work of M. Ribot, with which every student of psychology should be acquainted. I am not sure that he has set a sufficiently high value on the observations of consciousness; but just here another of his excellencies is seen: he has carefully separated psychology, which is a science of observation, external and internal, throughout from all metaphysical speculation"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
James McCosh and the Scottish intellectual tradition : from Glasgow to Princeton by J. David Hoeveler( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of James McCosh; a record chiefly autobiographical by James McCosh( Book )

5 editions published between 1896 and 1992 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To have seen a century rise and wane; to have spent threescore years of active, influential life in its very noon; to have moulded in some degree the thought of two generations in three lands; to have shared in Scotland's latest struggle for religious liberty; to have wrought in the great enterprise of Ireland's intellectual emancipation; to have led a powerful educational movement in America, and to have regenerated one of her most ancient universities, -these are the titles of James McCosh to public distinction. He was a philosopher, but no dreamer; a scholar, but no recluse; a preacher, but no ideologue; a teacher, but no martinet; he was a thinker, a public leader, and a practical man of affairs. For these sufficient reasons those who were closely associated with him during the last three years of his life determined to secure, if possible, a memorial of his many activities. He was induced to set down from time to time such reminiscences as appeared to him instructive or entertaining, and these were intrusted for keeping to his son and a family friend as materials for his biographer, when the time should come for a critical estimate of his life and work. That time is, of course, still distant, but in the meanwhile such has been the desire of his co-workers and pupils, and of many in the general public, for some permanent record of the facts and dates of his life, that it was thought best to arrange the available material, and to publish it as early as possible for the gratification of those concerned. What is set down in the following pages as fact has been submitted to his family and scrutinized in the light of authentic records; what has been taken verbatim from Dr. McCosh's letters or reminiscences is so marked. For the opinions expressed, the writer alone is responsible, but in forming them he has had valuable assistance from many quarters. In particular, he is under great obligations to Professors Ormond and Scott, and to the Rev. J . H. Dulles, all three of whom were students in Princeton within the period of Dr. McCosh's administration. He asks the reader's indulgence for the repetitions and somewhat irregular chronology incident to the plan of the book"--Book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
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The intuitions of the mind inductively investigatedThe religious aspect of evolutionThe supernatural in relation to the naturalThe laws of discursive thought, being a text-book of formal logic