Brand Blanshard, emeritus Sterling professor of philosophy at Yale University, is the leading rationalist on the contemporary Anglo-American scene. A graduate. Brand Blanshard. Wisdom in its broadest and commonest sense denotes sound and serene judgment regarding the conduct of life. It may be accompanied by a. Manchester University, Brand Blanshard. Lord Macaulay once recorded in his diary a memorable attempt—his first and apparently also.

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Although he had chosen to work towards a B. They plainly meant us to hear what they wrote. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Socrates talked it, and Plato wrote it, in a way that some millions of readers have not been willing b,anshard forget.

There is nothing sinister blanshrad this; they need not be the less interested in the argument because they are also interested in the author. What led him to philosophy was first of all his hope to follow his father and grandfather and to pursue a career in the ministry.

Bosanquet would say that he brannd. And where immediate insights differ, as they sometimes do, the difference appears to be ultimate and beyond remedy. In Memoriam Brand Blanshard. But that, as it happens, is something that the philosophic reader is not very likely to do.

Two traits appear to stand out—reflectiveness and judgment. Blansard lead ball is resting on a cushion. In he was elected as an Honorary Fellow of Merton College. His method was to consider particular instances of them and bring to light the features they had in common; this would give the essence and true pattern of the virtue in question.

Brand Blanshard

We can see now that this is no accident. His lectures became legendary. Here Arnold and Butler, I suggest, were wrong. Under “Philosophy and Economics” in left column.

If you were to cover a stretch of a hundred pages in either Plato or Aristotle, which would you find more inviting? Why should this not hold also in the realm of the mind?

For my own part, I am ready to stand correction for the ignobility of my naturalistic ethics, but not from theologians of this stripe. To hear Blanshard answer a student’s questions in conversation, visit this page on Scott Palmer’s website.


But rhythm has been anything but a small concern to the masters of English prose. If a man is less concerned to see what is the case than to make out a case, if, whatever evidence if offered is offered against him, his system absorbs it without a tremor, and goes on trumpeting its triumph, readers begin to suspect, even without definite evidence, that this is quite too good to be true.

Similarly, whether an action is right or wrong depends, at least in part, on the results that it produces in the way of good and evil, and these results can be taken into account only by one who looks before he leaps. He is, of course, genuinely intent on reaching a philosophic conclusion, but it is as if, on his journey there, he were so much interested also in the flowers that line the wayside that he is perpetually pausing to add one to his buttonhole.

Brand Blanshard “On Philosophical Style”

Our “real will” in Bosanquet’s terms or “rational will” in Blanshard’s is simply that which we would want, all things considered, if our reflections upon what we presently desire were pursued to their ideal limit. So straightforward a question deserves a straightforward answer, and it seems to me that only one such answer makes sense, namely that the two sides can not be reconciled.

The wise man will understand this inevitability and not waste his substance in futile indignation or fear. That implies thinking on their part as well as his; and thinking is hard work.

During a visit to Toronto intheir mother Emily fell down stairs while holding a kerosene lamp. What sort of writing was it that Macaulay was called upon to read?

Kant would say that his mortal existence achieved its termination.

Thirdly, because these problems are hu-manly so important, plain men make a further demand on the philosopher. It should be pointed out, finally, that the judgment of the wise man may carry a weight out of all proportion to that of anything explicit in his thought or argument. I will call in aid here the invaluable H. Whatever the future of this view, common opinion is still at one with the main tradition of philosophy; it regards the judgment of values as a field in which wisdom may be pre-eminently displayed.


Some philoso-phers write to plan and scale; their heads and subheads are worked out in advance, and they follow them as a lawyer does his brief. It is possible that in their cool and reasonable note, contrasting so sharply with the visionary fervor blansnard the prophets, there is an echo of the reflective thought of Greece.

To be sure, philosophy must account of values, and in the appropriate fields it has much to say of beauty and deformity, of good and evil, and of the issues of religious belief. They do not pretend to give us merely facts. From Whose Togas I Dangle. Moreover, this Absolute—the universe as a whole—he held to be the only true ” particular “, all elements within it being ultimately resoluble into specific ” universals ” properties, relations, or combinations thereof that might be given identically in more than one context.

We are shooting at a star when we aim at style in this sense; we are trying to do justice at once to an infinity without and a near infinity within. A powerful polemicistby all accounts he comported himself with courtesy and grace in philosophical controversies and exemplified the “rational temper” he advocated. James could do this because he had the needed resources of heart and speech.

Many years later, Bertrand Russell was to express surprise at the quality of Brand’s poetry. Does the philosopher quoted wish to say that our bodies are made of an abstract capacity of themselves? Before finally being called by the draft, Brand was able to spend what proved to be an unusually significant year at Columbia. He allowed that the material world, and the atomic particles of which it is thought to be composed, may exist independently of mind.

In a sense they making such generalizations constantly; whenever they recognize the thing before them as a chair or a lamppost, they are leaping from the particular to the general by a process of implicit classification.