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McCosh, James 1811-1894

Works: 275 works in 1,280 publications in 3 languages and 12,419 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Contributor
Classifications: B1401, 192
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The Scottish philosophy biographical, expository, critical, from Hutcheson to Hamilton by James McCosh( Book )
69 editions published between 1874 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The intuitions of the mind inductively investigated by James McCosh( Book )
70 editions published between 1860 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 810 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 method of the divine government physical and moral by James McCosh( Book )
105 editions published between 1850 and 2009 in English and held by 800 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)
Typical forms and special ends in creation by James McCosh( )
45 editions published between 1856 and 1881 in English and Undetermined and held by 743 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)
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 Undetermined and held by 740 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
An examination of Mr. J.S. Mill's philosophy being a defence of fundamental truth by James McCosh( Book )
45 editions published between 1866 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 535 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"--Introduction. (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 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Psychology: the cognitive powers by James McCosh( Book )
54 editions published between 1886 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 484 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)
The laws of discursive thought, being a text-book of formal logic by James McCosh( Book )
70 editions published between 1870 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 420 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)
The supernatural in relation to the natural by James McCosh( Book )
22 editions published between 1862 and 2012 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Psychology: the motive powers, emotions, conscience, will by James McCosh( Book )
37 editions published between 1886 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 385 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)
Realistic philosophy defended in a philosophic series by James McCosh( Book )
29 editions published between 1887 and 1977 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First and fundamental truths: being a treatise on metaphysics by James McCosh( Book )
20 editions published between 1889 and 1976 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The emotions by James McCosh( Book )
16 editions published between 1880 and 2009 in English and held by 276 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 )
22 editions published between 1870 and 1984 in English and held by 169 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 2010 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Our moral nature, being a brief system of ethics by James McCosh( Book )
10 editions published between 1892 and 2010 in English and held by 149 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 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ideas in nature overlooked by Dr. Tyndall by James McCosh( Book )
8 editions published in 1875 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The prevailing types of philosophy; can they logically reach reality? by James McCosh( Book )
13 editions published between 1890 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This little work is, to some extent, negative and undermining; it points out a chasm in modern philosophy. I would not give it to the public were it not that I have previously presented the positive and constructive side in my larger work on "First and Fundamental Truth." I wish the two works to go together, as constituting what I have been able to do for fundamental philosophy. Agnosticism is upheld and propagated in the present day by several influential men, such as Mr. Herbert Spencer and Professor Huxley. It is in the air, and our young men have to breathe it and suffer the consequences. It is evidently exercising a relaxing influence on the faith and doctrinal convictions of the rising generation. It is in my view the grand office, at present, of the higher philosophy, to meet and expose this doubting spirit. The question is, are the philosophies of the day fitted to do this? With our eyes open, we are apt to look on the scene at some distance, rather than on things that are pressingly near and supposed to be known. So it is with modern metaphysicians (it was different with the ancient Greeks); they direct their attention to more remote objects rather than those which are close to us, such as Reality"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
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