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Bowen, Francis 1811-1890

Works: 181 works in 761 publications in 4 languages and 9,353 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Outlines, syllabi, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Composer, Other, Correspondent
Classifications: JK216, 320.973
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Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville( Book )
61 editions published between 1945 and 1999 in English and held by 2,657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shares impressions of America's politics and culture
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville( )
48 editions published between 1862 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The principles of political economy applied to the condition, the resources, and the institutions of the American people by Francis Bowen( Book )
45 editions published between 1856 and 2000 in English and French and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A treatise on logic or, The laws of pure thought ; comprising both the Aristotelic and Hamiltonian analyses of logical forms, and some chapters of applied logic by Francis Bowen( Book )
55 editions published between 1864 and 2013 in English and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The revival of the study of Logic, at least in England and America, as an important element of a University education, dates only from the publication of Dr. Whately's treatise on the subject, little over thirty years ago. Yet so much has been accomplished for the advancement of the science during this short period, that this treatise, with all its excellences, must be admitted to be now as far behind the times as were the compilation by Aldrich, and the meagre compendium by Dr. Watts, the use of which it superseded. Dr. Whately lived long enough to be able to appropriate to himself the epigrammatic boast, that he had labored so effectually as to render his own work useless. Without the interest which was awakened in the study of the science by the publication of his book and the discussions which it excited, it is not too much to say that many of the valuable works upon Logic, which have appeared during the last thirty years, either would not have been written, or would have lacked some of their most interesting and important features. Sir William Hamilton's own labors in this department, by which he certainly accomplished more for the science than has been done by any one man since Aristotle, began with an elaborate article on Dr. Whately's treatise in the Edinburg Review, a paper which, as he has himself declared, contains the germs of all his subsequent discoveries. Besides what Hamilton has accomplished, the publications within this period of Professor Mansel, Dr. Thomson, Mr. De Morgan, Mr. Boole, Mr. J. S. Mill, and a host of others, have given an entirely new aspect to the science. Among recent American works upon Logic, honorable mention ought to be made of those by Mr. Tappan, and by Dr. W. D. Wilson of Geneva. The only hope that this volume may be found to be of some use consists in the fact, that, as I was the last to enter the field, I have been able to profit by the labors of my predecessors. Certainly it could not have been written without their aid, and one of the chief objects held in view in the preparation of it has been to gather together, and digest into system, their several improvements and elucidations of the science. At the same time, the work would not have been carried on in the same spirit in which they began it, if I had not ventured respectfully to dissent from some of their doctrines, and even to present some opinions which will very likely be found to have no other merit than that of originality"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Documents of the constitution of England and America, from Magna Charta to the federal Constitution of 1789 by Francis Bowen( )
23 editions published between 1854 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American political economy including strictures on the management of the currency and the finances since 1861, with a chart showing the fluctuations in the price of gold by Francis Bowen( Book )
27 editions published between 1870 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Modern philosophy, from Descartes to Schopenhauer and Hartmann by Francis Bowen( Book )
37 editions published between 1877 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"It has not been my purpose in this work to write a complete History of Modern Philosophy. Such an undertaking, if fitly carried out, would far exceed the limits within which wished to keep, and would compel me to enter into some wearisome details. I have endeavored to present a full analysis and criticism of the systems only of those great thinkers whose writings have permanently influenced the course of European thought, paying most attention to the earlier French and later German philosophers, with whom comparatively few English readers are at all familiar. Hence I have said little about Hobbes or Locke, Hume, Reid, or Hamilton, whose writings are accessible to all, and who ought not to be studied by thoughtful and earnest inquirers at second hand. But the great names of Descartes, Spinoza, and Malebranche, of Leibnitz and Kant, of Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel, are little more than names with most English students, even including many of those who assume to weigh their systems against each other and to dogmatize respecting their merits and defects. Perhaps the experience of one whose duty it has been for many years to lecture upon their writings to large classes of University students may have been valuable, in so far as it has induced the endeavor to make intelligible what is abstruse and obscure, and to render a discussion interesting which may appear at first sight repulsive, though it is really important and profound. I believe that Kant, Hegel, and Schopenhauer, to mention no others, have not been fairly appreciated by English students of philosophy, because they have not been thoroughly understood, probably for the reason that metaphysical thought on the Continent of Europe generally assumes a pedantic and technical garb to which the countrymen of Locke and Berkeley are not habituated, and for which they have an instinctive dislike. A translation of their works, however faithfully executed, is even more obscure than the original, as it sacrifices the advantage which one who studies them in German possesses through the etymology of the technical terms, which often reflects much light upon their meaning and upon the general course of thought. My purpose has been to furnish an exposition of their systems which should be intelligible throughout, and also comprehensive enough to enable the student to form a fair estimate of their excellences and defects, and even, if he wishes, to peruse with little difficulty the works themselves, either in the original or in an English translation. In particular, I have endeavored to give a complete analysis and explanation of Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason;" for one who has fairly mastered this great work holds the key to all German metaphysics"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Lowell lectures, on the application of metaphysical and ethical science to the evidence of religion delivered before the Lowell Institution in Boston, in the winters of 1848-49 by Francis Bowen( Book )
28 editions published between 1849 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"These lectures were given under the auspices of the Lowell Institute of Boston, MA in 1848-1849. In this series of lectures Bowen endeavours to show that the fundamental doctrines of religion rest upon the same basis that supports all science, and that they cannot be denied without also rejecting familiar truths that are adopted almost unconsciously, and upon which the conduct of life and the regulation of our ordinary concerns. Bowen argues that the time seems to have arrived for a more practical and immediate verification than the world has ever witnessed of the great truth, that the civilization that is not based upon Christianity is big with the elements of its own destruction." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)
Critical essays on a few subjects connected with the history and present condition of speculative philosophy by Francis Bowen( Book )
14 editions published between 1842 and 1949 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Outlines of universal history from the creation of the world to the present time by Georg Weber( Book )
40 editions published between 1853 and 2000 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The metaphysics of Sir William Hamilton collected, arranged, and abridged, for the use of colleges and private students by William Hamilton( Book )
21 editions published between 1861 and 1981 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"It is unfortunate that Sir William Hamilton did not undertake fully to digest his metaphysical opinions into system, and to publish them as one orderly and connected whole. He had a system, for he was eminently a methodical and self-consistent thinker; but it was built up piecemeal, and so given to the world, at various times, in successive articles in the Edinburgh Review; in copious notes, appendices, and other additions to these articles when they were republished as a volume of "Discussions, " and again, when these "Discussions" passed to a second edition. I have endeavored, in the present volume, to prepare a text-book which should contain, in his own language, the substance of all that he has written upon the subject. For this purpose, the "Lectures on Metaphysics" have been taken as the basis of the work; and I have freely abridged them by striking out the repetitions and redundancies in which they abound, and omitting also, in great part, the load of citations and references that they contain, as these are of inferior interest except to a student of the history of philosophy, or as marks of the stupendous erudition of the author. The space acquired by these abridgments has enabled me to interweave into the book, in their appropriate place and connection, all those portions of the "Discussions, " and of the Notes and Dissertations supplementary to Reid, which seemed necessary either to elucidate and confirm the text, or to supplement it with the later and more fully expressed opinions of the author"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Gleanings from a literary life, 1838-1880 by Francis Bowen( Book )
9 editions published between 1880 and 2011 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The contents of this volume have been gleaned from a wide field. They have been selected from a much larger number of miscellaneous papers, and are here brought together as having some unity of purpose, devoted as they are to the exposition and defence of doctrines which seem to me of priceless interest and importance. They were not meant to set forth novel opinions, or any mode of thought or system of belief here first propounded, but to guard and inculcate some of the old and familiar truths which are the best portion of the heritage which we have received from former generations. They express the earnest and persistent convictions of the writer upon topics of great moment, which still so far occupy the minds of all thoughtful persons as to appear foremost among what may be called the burning questions of the day. Literature is not in its highest vocation when it is cultivated merely for its own sake, but only when used as a means of promoting other and nobler ends than those of a purely literary character"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The metaphysics of Sir William Hamilton by William Hamilton( Book )
36 editions published between 1861 and 1978 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The principles of metaphysical and ethical science applied to the evidences of religion by Francis Bowen( )
18 editions published between 1849 and 1996 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The recent contest in Rhode Island an article from the North American review, for April, 1844 by Francis Bowen( )
3 editions published in 1844 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
P. Virgilii Maronis Bucolica, Georgica, et Aeneis Virgil by Virgil( Book )
18 editions published between 1842 and 1873 in Latin and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A layman's study of the English Bible, considered in its literary and secular aspect by Francis Bowen( Book )
8 editions published between 1885 and 1894 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elements of the philosophy of the human mind. By Dugald Stewart by Dugald Stewart( Book )
12 editions published between 1854 and 2000 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book discusses the nature and object of the philosophy of the human mind. Topics discussed include the following: (1) external perception; (2) attention; (3) conception; (4) abstraction; (5) the association of ideas; (6) the influence of association in regulating the succession of thoughts; (7) the influence of association on the intellectual power; and (8) memory and imagination." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)
The American almanac and repository of useful knowledge, for ... 1830-61 ( )
in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Silver in its relation to industry and trade the danger of demonetizing it : the United States Monetary Commission in 1876 : review of Prof. Francis Bowen's minority report by William Brown( )
5 editions published between 1880 and 1979 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Bowen, Francis
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