Theories Of One Ultimate Reality Exist In Philosophies Of Both The East And The West, And In Both Traditions Such Theories Are Commonly Connected With Religion In Religion And The One, Frederick Copleston Explores The Approach That Different Philosophies Have Taken To The Question Of Divine Reality, With A Special Focus On The Metaphysics Of The OneIn The First Part Of The Book, Copleston Looks At The Features Of Different Traditions, Discussing Taoist Philosophy, The Vedanta Schools Of Thought In India, The Development Of Philosophy In The Islamic World, And A Number Of Movements From The Western Tradition The Second Part Questions Why People Form Such Theories, Exploring Factors Such As The Nature Of The Self And The Cognitive Value Of MysticismWriting With All His Hallmark Learning And Lucidity, The Author Also Discusses The Consequences Of The Metaphysics Of The One For Ethical Ideals And Social Activism Approaching The Issues In An Open Minded And Unprejudiced Fashion, He Does Not Pretend To Have Answers To All The Questions He Raises However, Unlike Many Theologians And Philosophers, He Is Not Prepared To Dismiss Metaphysics As Being Inherently Irreligious
Frederick Freddie Charles Copleston was raised an Anglican and educated at Marlborough College from 1920 to 1925 Shortly after his eighteenth birthday he converted to Catholicism, and his father subsequently almost disowned him After the initial shock, however, his father saw fit to help Copleston through his education and he attended St John s in Oxford in 1925, only managing a disappointing third in classical moderations He redeemed himself somewhat with a good second at Greats in 1929.In 1930 Copleston became a Jesuit, and, after two years at the Jesuit novitiate in Roehampton, he moved to Heythrop He was ordained a Jesuit priest at Heythrop College in 1937 and soon after went to Germany 1938 to complete his training Fortunately he made it back to Britain before the outbreak of war in 1939 The war made it impossible for him to study for his doctorate, as once intended, at the Gregorian University in Rome, and instead Copleston was invited to return to Heythrop to teach the history of philosophy to the few remaining Jesuits there.While in Heythrop Copleston had time and interest to begin the work he is most famous for, his A History of Philosophy a textbook that originally set out to deliver a clear account of ancient, medieval and modern philosophy in three volumes, which was instead completed in nine volumes 1975 To this day Copleston s history remains a monumental achievement and stays true to the authors it discusses, being very much a work in exposition.Copleston adopted a number of honorary roles throughout the remainder of his career He was appointed Visiting Professor at Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, spending half of each year lecturing there from 1952 to 1968 He was made Fellow of the British Academy FBA in 1970, given a personal professorship from his own university Heythrop, now re established in the University of London in 1972 and made an Honorary Fellow of St John s College, Oxford, in 1975 He was Visiting Professor at the University of Santa Clara between 1974 and 1982, and he delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen between 1979 and 1981 His lectures were published under the title Religion and the One, and were largely a metaphysical tract attempting to express themes perennial in his thinking andpersonal than in his history Gerard J Hughes notes Copleston as remarking large doses of metaphysics like that certainly don t boost one s sales He received honorary doctorates from a number of institutions, notably, Santa Clara University, California, University of Uppsala and the University of St Andrews D.Litt in later years He was selected for membership in the Royal Institute of Philosophy and in the Aristotelian Society, and in 1993 he was made CBE.Copleston s personality saw him engage in the many responsibilities bestowed upon him with generous commitment and good humour.
- 288 pages
- Religion and the One: Philosophies East and West
- Frederick Charles Copleston
- 24 May 2019 Frederick Charles Copleston