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Greatness and Philosophy

An Inquiry into Western Thought

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction: Greatness of Western Man

    1. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 1-12
  3. Ordinance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 15-24
    3. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 25-30
  4. Philosophy in Philosophies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 59-74
    3. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 75-112
    4. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 113-127
    5. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 128-162
    6. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 163-178
    7. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 179-194
    8. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 195-220
    9. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 221-242
  5. Contemporary Man

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 245-251
    3. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 252-264
    4. Vincent Vycinas
      Pages 265-288

About this book


The present study is not a series of disconnected essays concerning select­ ed Western philosophies. All its parts belong organically together and constitute one whole. For this reason, the reader is warned not to use it as a reference book for one or another philosopher here treated. The study begins with the declaration of the exposition of fundamental event in Western philosophy which prevails with a different hue in each of the major philosophies and which relates these to pre-philosophical or mythical thought. The study then treats selected Western philosophies se­ parately with the tendency to disclose the major event of philosophy in them. Finally it approaches contemporary man from the perspective of the fundamental event in philosophy. An inquiry into Western man's greatness is maintained here all along as intimately bound up with the historical development of philosophy. Philosophy involves greatness - not one of many philosophies, how­ ever, but Philosophy as such. Philosophy as such is not a composite of the various major philosophies in history; it precedes these, and is present in each one of them in a concealed way. It holds sway over them, and they belong to it. Philosophy rules the thought of thinkers; it is the Ordinance which directs the way of thought, and which is responded to by the thought of the thinkers. In this way, the major philosophies in history are diverse phases which, like the bends and turns of a river, belong to Ordinance - to Nature's thought.


Aristotle Kant Nietzsche Parmenides Plato

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Greatness and Philosophy
  • Book Subtitle An Inquiry into Western Thought
  • Authors Vincent Vycinas
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1966
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-015-0166-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-0661-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 294
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Modern Philosophy
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