Philosophy and the Liberal Arts

  • Authors
  • Edward Goodwin Ballard

Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 1-12
  3. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 13-27
  4. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 28-48
  5. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 49-65
  6. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 66-79
  7. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 80-92
  8. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 93-112
  9. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 113-119
  10. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 134-154
  11. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 155-174
  12. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 175-190
  13. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 191-210
  14. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 211-226
  15. Edward Goodwin Ballard
    Pages 274-293
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 329-342

About this book


As this collection of essays demonstrates, over a long career Edward Goodwin Ballard has written on a wide range of topics of philosophical interest. Although the present volume can be enjoy­ ably browsed, it is not simply a sampling of his writings. Rather, herein Professor Ballard has chosen and organized essays which pertain to the major concerns of his philosophic life. He has long held that the function of philosophy, particularly in a time such as ours, is the discernment and analysis of basic principles (archai) and their consequences. Indeed, in Philosophy at the Crossroads. he recommended focusing upon the history of philosophy understood as the movement of recognizing and interpreting the shifts in first principles as they reflect and determine human change. For Ballard, the study of the history of philosophy, like philosophy itself, is not so much a body of knowledge as an exercise (an art) whiQh moves the practitioner towards social and individual maturity. He holds, along with Plato and Husserl, that philosophy is a process of conversion to the love of wisdom as well as a grasp of the means for its attainment. Throughout his writings, Ballard has maintained that the difficulties of this journey have to do with the limitations of the pilgrim. Human being is perspectival, finite, and inevitably ignorant. Philosophic command and self -recognition reside in the just assessment of the limits of human knowledge.


Edmund Husserl Maurice Merleau-Ponty body event phenomenology

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7566-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2368-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0923-9545
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