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The political, social and economic ideas of John Macmurray.

Edney, Victor Douglas (1990) The political, social and economic ideas of John Macmurray. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science.

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The title and the table of contents of this thesis, in one respect, fully convey its contents, substance, and plan. Here is expounded, surveyed, and critically appraised certain branches of Macmurray's thought. Very little, if any, of either Macmurray or his work has been written about in this way, if at all. So this thesis is, as it should be, a unique and original contribution to knowledge and scholarship. The programme and procedure has been to expound his ideas under suitable headings according to subject matter, and to follow this --- from time to time --- with a relevant appraisement, rather than intersperse criticism with exposition. But Macmurray's thought is so broad, so encompassing, so diverse and intricate that it must never be imagined that adequate justice has been, or could be, done to the subjects contained in the title in such a short compass. Thus whilst not exhaustively covering the subject in exposition, which would require at least ten thesis of this length, it has also not been possible to raise, discuss, and positively answer numerous questions which frequently come to mind as we read both the original texts and this exposition of them. Many, of course, have been raised, researched, met, and answered. But many more must wait for further researches, and for more space to consider and probe them. The above has had to be made clear for I would not want it to be thought that this is, and was meant to be, a definitive work in the selected field of Macmurray's ideas.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Philosophy
Sets: Collections > ProQuest Etheses

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