By William Logue
Charles Renouvier, thinker of Liberty, is a examine and exam of the nineteenth Century French philosopher's positions, the social and political opinions he derived from them, their relevance to the issues of his day, and their carrying on with relevance to the various social and highbrow difficulties of our personal time. the writer additionally provides an analyses of Renouvier's ethical philosophy and the way he comparable it to the necessity for social motion; his doctrine of of loose will and its manifold effects for philosophy and for way of life; his knowing of the non secular obstacle of the nineteenth Century; and his principles concerning the courting among the person and the neighborhood in an age of accelerating individualism that prefigured our personal.
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For earlier Italian work on Renouvier, see Nicola Abbagnano, Storia della filosofia (Turin, 1950), Vol. II, and Gallo Galli, Studi storico-critico sulla philosofia di Ch. Renouvier (Gubbio, 1933; Rome, 1935). There has also been some interest in Spanish Latin America; see Antonio Pasquali, Fundamentos gnoseològicos para una ciencia de la moral: Ensayo sobre la formacion de una theoria del conocimiento moral en la filosofias de Kant, Lequier, Renouvier y Bergson (Caracas, 1963). Renouvier's Les Dilemmes de la métaphysique pure and Esquisse were published in Spanish translation in Buenos Aires in 1944 and 1948, respectively.
Of course, it was not political developments alone that provided the context. The intellectual climate of opinion was the most important influence on him. After the Revolution, French philosophy in the areas of ontology, epistemology, logic, and aesthetics was in the doldrums. The rationalist tradition that began with Descartes was unchallenged; the prestige of the Enlightenment, with its Newtonian ideal of a mechanistic science and its Lockean psychology of sense impressions, weighed heavily on the new century.
Harald Höffding, Philosophes contemporaines, trans. A. Trémesaygues (Paris, 1908), 7981. 6 The English showed an interest in French positivism, but neither England nor Scotland was a fertile ground for the neo-Kantian approach. Timing was also a factor. The one English philosopher with whom Renouvier could have had a fruitful interaction was John Stuart Mill, who was unfortunately near the end of his career before Renouvier's works began to be known. 8 The most fruitful influence Renouvier had outside France was on the American philosopher and psychologist (the two were not clearly distinguished until the twentieth century) William James.
Charles Renouvier, Philosopher of Liberty by William Logue