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This monstrous anthology contains the main accomplished and authoritative choice of readings in analytic philosophy of the 20th century. It offers a survey and research of the most important matters, figures and ideas.

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The so-called science of phrenology has been thoroughly discredited in the twentieth century, but it had large popular fascination in the nineteenth century, even though a few nineteenth century critics considered it a crackpot science. 85 Mann saw in the new science a scientific or empirical justification for his non-sectarian approach to moral and religious education. Phrenology had demonstrated for him that religious and moral characteristics were not the products of culture or history or tradition, but were inherent and that with proper methods of education those inherent qualities could be developed and perfected.

And, the parties and their ideas were stronger than individuals who belonged to the parties. Originally, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Whigs, under the philosophy of Locke and others, were the mercantile class party of reform, change, progress, and property. But once the party won out over the previous feudal system and its ideals became incarnated in the structures of society it became the party of conservation, the status quo, and the vested economic interests of the mercantile class.

See also Chapter 10 in this volume, pp. 229-32. 57 26 The Early Works of Orestes A. Brownson: Volume IV just the propertied classes. Brownson saw the battles of the late 1830s in these idealistic terms. It was a fundamental battle for the realization of a set of transcendental ideals in American society. ”59 Much of Brownson’s theory of government was hidden behind his preoccupation with partisan politics in the heady days of 1838 and 1839 in the Massachusetts Democratic party. , the Democrats most opposed to the National Bank and paper money), as Brownson was, one had a right to feel some cautious optimism.

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