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""The Great Chain of Being, employed as a title, would have suggested...what was 'probably the most widely familiar conception of the general scheme of things'-the idea of a world in which every being was related to every other in a continuously graded scale, with no possible form of diversity missing. Pursuing the biography of this idea through more than two thousand years, the distinguished author of these lectures makes clear its amazing influence on the thought and history of the Western World... Intellectual vigor, critical precision and an amazing knowledge of what mankind has thought and desired in other ages distinguishes this book. No student of the history of literature, science, or philosophy may well neglect it."-Clifford Barrett, The New York Times Book Review""
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'Men are galvanized by ideas and act as vehicles for them ...Such a ruling idea is that of the great chain of being. Prof. Lovejoy's study records the birth, the growth, the vicissitudes, transformations, and finally the senility, and perhaps the death of this idea. The study is as fascinating as that of the rise and decay of an empire, and, in fact, it is the study of the empire of an idea over human minds throughout many centuries...Prof. Lovejoy's approach is fresh and different.' Modern Language NotesAbout the Author:
Arthur O. Lovejoy taught philosophy for nearly forty years at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of numerous works, including Essays in the History of Ideas and Revolt against Dualism.
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Book Description Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA, 1970. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. dust jacket has heavy wear, rubbing, soil and sunning with numerous short edges tears and creasing, price clipped, book has minor wear, binding tight, no writing, xi + 382 pages including index, series of lectures on the history of ideas Size: 5.5 x 8.25. Seller Inventory # 034594
Book Description Harvard University Press. Hardcover. Condition: GOOD. Has little wear to the cover and pages. Contains some markings such as highlighting and writing. Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with any used book purchases. Seller Inventory # 0674361504_abe_gd
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Book Description Harvard University Press. Hardcover. Condition: VERY GOOD. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name. The spine remains undamaged. Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with any used book purchases. Seller Inventory # 0674361504_abe_vg
Book Description Harvard University Press, 1936. Hardcover. Condition: Good+. No Jacket. First Edition. 1936 First Edition, first printing. Rare. Red cloth covers with gilt spine titling; some fading along to edge. Some modest wear to covers. However, extensive underlining and the odd note throughout. Scans available. Free Delivery Confirmation. Every item disinfected for your peace of mind. Seller Inventory # 201230