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John Macmurray and the form of the personal

Treanor, D 2017 , 'John Macmurray and the form of the personal' , Appraisal, vol. 11 , pp. 27-35 .

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John Macmurray offers philosophy a disruptive thesis that presents achallenge to the dominance of Cartesian dualism and scientific knowledge.Macmurray proposes that reason is practical and for the substitution of the ‘Ido’ for the ‘I think’ to resolve the inherent dilemmas in the history of westernphilosophy. However, the dominance of analytic philosophy and logicalpositivism during Macmurray’s lifetime may have created places to label histhesis as eclectic and incomprehensive. Indeed it might be possible for someto argue his philosophy is nothing more than an aberration to a homogenousphilosophical pedagogy. Nonetheless, Macmurray’s appointments todistinguished professorial positions; his popularity with the general public,his invitations to lecture in Africa, North America and his delivery of theGifford lectures in 1953-54 suggests caution to such a dismissive approach.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Treanor, D
Keywords: personalism, John Macmurray, persons in relation, education
Journal or Publication Title: Appraisal
Publisher: British Personalist Forum
ISSN: 1358-3336
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