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Maine de Biran

Reformer of Empiricism, 1766–1824

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674284883

Publication Date: 01/01/1959

217 pages


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  • Introduction: The European Context
  • I. Biran’s Immediate Background
    • Life and Works
    • The Immediate Philosophical Background
  • II. Discovering the Nature of Experience
    • Biran
    • Biran vs. Locke
  • III. The Experience of Personal Identitiy
    • Hume
    • Biran
  • IV. Causation As Expectation or As Volitional Force
    • Causation Between Two Perceived Entities
    • The Causal Force of Unperceived Entities
  • V. Biran’s Defense of Human Liberty
    • Hume vs. Biran on Liberty and Necessity
    • Biran vs. Locke on Liberty
  • VI. Berkeley and Biran—Allies and Opponents
    • The Analysis of Experience
    • Personal Identity
    • Causation
    • Liberty
  • Conclusion: Biran’s Limitations and Contributions
    • Biran’s Injustices to the Empiricists
    • The Limitations Biran’s Philosophy
    • Biran’s Importance
  • Appendix: Biran’s English and American Critics
  • Notes
  • Index

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