History of Western Philosophy by Nigel Tubbs (auth.)

By Nigel Tubbs (auth.)

Nigel Tubbs takes the heritage of Western philosophy to be the hunt for first ideas. Arguing that neo-Platonic common sense, essentially false impression the unfavorable, posited philosophical suggestion as errors. Kant and Hegel later re-educated the fashionable brain approximately negation in common sense, remodeling the way in which sleek philosophy contests first principles.

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As such, God is known by a subjectivity that does not know its own truth. In this way early and mediaeval Christianity is grounded in the belief that the culture of thought is error in relation to truth. But such subjectivity is also a culture of error. Augustine, Eriugena, and Aquinas, for example, in different ways seek to comprehend the educative significance of error in knowing God. They each try to learn of the re-forming of subjectivity by error so that it can learn of truth from within itself.

In turn, philosophy was also to become the meeting place for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This period of shared epistemological concerns lasted for over 1000 years. The Alexandrian library, at one time the largest in the world, became home to many Greek philosophical texts (which would, in turn, be reintroduced into the Western world by way of these Greek copies and Arabic translations) and to the Alexandrian school of Neoplatonism in which scholars learned their Greek philosophy and took it with them wherever they traveled.

Infinite regress explains nothing, but its usefulness is in proving the logical need for God as the explanation of everything. We will see many times in the history of Western philosophy how negation and privation are taken as the proof of the necessity of God. In line with the principle that what is, is itself, Aristotle views the first principle as invisible, indivisible, unchangeable, and eternal. The question of how this first principle can also be the principle of everything material that is changeable is one that greatly concerned Western philosophers.

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