A History of Western Philosophy: The Twentieth Century to by W. T. Jones, Robert J. Fogelin

By W. T. Jones, Robert J. Fogelin

Learning the philosophy of the 20 th century is an issue of being surrounded by way of timber to such an quantity that it's tricky to make out the form of the woods as an entire. however, regardless of the entire range of activities and colleges into which they're divided, we will be able to nonetheless make out that philosophy in our occasions has a land of solidarity. within the first position, considering that philosophy by no means develops in a vacuum yet is a part of the continuing tradition, the entire quite a few faculties of twentieth-century philosophy have, because it have been, a twentieth-century glance. This specific glance effects from the truth that all twentieth-century philosophers, in spite of the fact that a lot they vary philosophically, are resonating with and responding to the deep matters of the society of which they seem to be a part—its ambivalence towards technology, its preoccupation with language, its fear over cognizance, and its lack of confidence...

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At the same time, there sits, in a cloister cell like Luther, or in a thousands and thousands and millions, own business, the public official to his, man to his, the scandalmonger to his, solitary man in fear and trembling and much There indeed, lies the truth. of temptation. solitary man For it is falsehood these times of ours have discovered when they conceive that reforms issue from numbers (the numerical), the crowd, or from the 'highly esteemed' and 'highly esteemed cultured public' I mean religious reforms, for in the matter of street-lighting and the service of transportation the reform most likely issues from the public; but that a religious reformation might issue from the public is a falsehood, a seditious falsehood.

And at last Thou didst give to man Thy Word. More thou to couldst not doj compel him to make use of it, to hear it or read it, to compel him to act according to it, Thou couldst not wish. Ah, and yet Thou didst do more. For Thou art not like a man rarely does he do anything for nothing, and if he does, he at least would not be put to inconvenience by it. Thou, on the contrary, O God, bestowest Thy Word as a gift and we men have nothing to give in return. And if only Thou dost find some willingness on the part of the single individual, Thou art prompt to help, and first of all Thou art the one who with more than human, yea, with divine patience, dost sit and and spell it out with the individual, that he may be able rightly to understand the Word 5 next Thou art the one who, again with more than human, yea, with divine patience, dost take him as it were by the hand and help him when he strives to do accordingly Thou our Father in heaven.

THE MIRROR OF THE WORD 43 thou hast, perturbed thee? Where hast thou witnessed for the truth, and where against untruth ? What sacrifices hast thou made, what persecutions hast thou endured for Christianity ? And at home, in the family life, how has thy self-sacrifice and abnegation been observable? My reply: 'I can protest to you that I have faith/ what Trotest, protest sort of talk is that? With respect having faith, no protestation is needed, if one has it (for faith is a perturbing thing which is at once observable), and no protestation is of any avail, if one does not have it/ 'Yes, but if only thou wilt believe me, I can protest as solemnly as possible, / 'Bah, an end to this nonsense!

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