Philosophy and Freedom: The Legacy of James Doull

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David Peddle, Neil G. Robertson
University of Toronto Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 520 pages
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James Doull's remarkable legacy as a teacher, scholar, and thinker has left behind a profound and challenging examination of the philosophical and historical roots of contemporary thought and politics. His life's work was devoted to a reflection on freedom in its philosophical and historical context and, more specifically, to looking beneath the commonly accepted forms of North American and Continental thought and discovering a deeper theoretical and practical development. David Peddle and Neil Robertson have collected Doull's essays on the history of western thought and freedom, from the Ancient period to the Post-Modern era, and have provided an introduction that places them in the context of Doull's overall project.

Commentaries on his intricate works by twelve former colleagues and students explore various aspects of Doull's history and place it within the context of contemporary scholarship, allowing the reader to judge the depth and rigour of Doull's writing. Together, the texts and commentaries provide a long-overdue introduction to and analysis of Doull's thought, offering further insight into a longstanding and significant dialogue in Canadian philosophy and classical studies, and bringing out a penetrating analysis of the philosophical underpinnings of the contemporary world.

 

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Contents

An Introduction by James Doull
3
Tragedy Comedy and Philosophy in Antiquity
21
The Unification of Gods and Men
55
The Origin of Constitutions in the Republic
73
The Criticism of Platos Doctrine of Participation
140
Virgils Rome
167
The Eternity of Rome Virgils Doctrine
181
Augustine
203
Hegels Phenomenology and Postmodern
281
The Hegelian Idea
302
The Doull Fackenheim Debate Would Hegel
330
Heidegger and the State
357
Commentary Heidegger and the Dialectic of Modernity
378
The Philosophical Basis of Constitutional Discussion
393
The Critique of Naturalistic Individualism
466
Bibliography of Essays by James Doull
505

Neoplatonism and the Origin of the Older
219
Neoplatonism and Contemporary Constructions
250

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David G. Peddle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Neil G. Robertson is an Associate Professor in the Foundation Year, Contemporary Studies and Early Modern Studies Programmes at the University of King's College.

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