Thought and Action

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Thought and Action
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Author Stuart Hampshire
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Philosophy
Published 1959 (Chatto and Windus)
Media type Print
Pages 276

Thought and Action is a 1959 book by Stuart Hampshire, his major work.[1]

Summary[edit]

Hampshire develops in greater detail ideas about freedom and the philosophy of mind that he had already explored in his Spinoza. He examines a set of contrasts between that which is unavoidable in human thought and that which is contingent, between knowledge and decision, criticism and practice, philosophy and experience.[1] He argues that empiricist theories of perception descending from George Berkeley and David Hume mistakenly represent people as passive observers receiving impressions from "outside" of the mind, where the "outside" includes their own bodies.[2]

Scholarly reception[edit]

Philosopher Anthony Quinton writes that the book's "systematic aim and fine mandarin prose were both unusual for an Oxford philosopher of the time."[3]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Downie 2005. p. 358.
  2. ^ Hampshire 1959. p. 47.
  3. ^ Quinton 2005. p. 546.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Downie, R. S. (2005). Honderich, Ted, ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-926479-1. 
  • Hampshire, Stuart (1959). Thought and Action. London: Chatto and Windus. 
  • Quinton, Anthony (2005). Honderich, Ted, ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-926479-1.