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From the Nature of the Mind to Personal Dignity

The Significance of Rosmini's Philosophy

Juan F. Franck

Publication Year: 2011

This book is the first philosophical study in English devoted to Antonio Rosmini (1797-1855) for over a century.

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv


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pp. v-vi

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pp. 1-20

This book does not purport to exhaust the problem of the person in the philosophy of Antonio Rosmini, since that would demand a thorough survey of his complete works. Instead, as the title suggests, it attempts to show a line of reasoning that starts with the analysis of what ...

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PART 1. Epistemological Foundations

In the first chapter we will consider the nature of the problem of knowledge, namely: “What does it mean to know?” Epistemology deals with this question and seeks to establish the different kinds of knowledge. My main interest here instead will be ...

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1. The Nature of Knowledge

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pp. 23-53

A good way to gain an adequate understanding of Rosmini’s work is to make clear the meaning of the terms object and objectivity. It is not merely a matter of words, since other words could be used, provided that the meaning remains unaltered. If what Rosmini calls object received ...

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2. Analysis of the Idea of the Thing: The Intellective Perception

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pp. 54-83

We have seen in the previous chapter that the first and most important problem of philosophy is the problem of knowledge. To establish the nature and reach of our ideas, which make knowledge possible, is philosophy’s first task. The question of how a thing becomes an object ...

PART II. Ontological Significance of the Idea

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3. Ideas and Reality

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pp. 87-121

An important question that needs to be answered is whether the idea of being allows us to know things as they are without imposing an alien form on them. When a thing becomes an object of thought, does it receive a form it did not have before? Does this form alter the ...

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4. The Idea and the Mind

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pp. 122-156

In the Nuovo saggio Rosmini speaks about the “idea of being” (idea dell’essere), but in his ontological writings he prefers the expression “ideal being.”1 This does not follow any change in his theory of being; it just reflects a different approach. In fact, he had already concluded in his ...

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5. The Idea and the Dignity of the Person

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pp. 156-183

When we intuit being, we do not yet attribute ideality to it. It is only when we compare it with real things that we call it ideal. We find it is indeterminate, “not in itself, but relative to contingent realities.”1 “If it were not an object of our mind, we could not reason about it.”2 “It is ...

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pp. 185-186

We can now sum up some of the basic features of the Idea (of being) that justify both the title and content of our study. An attentive consideration and analysis of the Idea shows that it has two sides: from one side it looks at the infinite, from the other the finite. ...

Appendix: Rosmini’s Own Account of the Problem of Knowledge

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pp. 187-196


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pp. 197-204

Index of Authors

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pp. 205-206

Index of Subjects

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pp. 207-209

E-ISBN-13: 9780813216065
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813214382

Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2011

OCLC Number: 646786299
MUSE Marc Record: Download for From the Nature of the Mind to Personal Dignity

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  • Rosmini, Antonio, 1797-1855.
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