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Brand Blanshard
(27 Aug 1892 - 19 Nov 1987)

American philosopher , following somewhat the tradition of British idealist philosophers such as Bernard Bosanquet and Francis Bradley.

Science Quotes by Brand Blanshard (3 quotes)

...reality is a system, completely ordered and fully intelligible, with which thought in its advance is more and more identifying itself. We may look at the growth of knowledge … as an attempt by our mind to return to union with things as they are in their ordered wholeness…. and if we take this view, our notion of truth is marked out for us. Truth is the approximation of thought to reality … Its measure is the distance thought has travelled … toward that intelligible system … The degree of truth of a particular proposition is to be judged in the first instance by its coherence with experience as a whole, ultimately by its coherence with that further whole, all comprehensive and fully articulated, in which thought can come to rest.
— Brand Blanshard
The Nature of Thought (1939), Vol II, 264. Quoted in Erhard Scheibe and Brigitte Falkenburg (ed), Between Rationalism and Empiricism: Selected Papers in the Philosophy of Physics (2001), 233
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I do not think that G. H. Hardy was talking nonsense when he insisted that the mathematician was discovering rather than creating, nor was it wholly nonsense for Kepler to exult that he was thinking God's thoughts after him. The world for me is a necessary system, and in the degree to which the thinker can surrender his thought to that system and follow it, he is in a sense participating in that which is timeless or eternal.
— Brand Blanshard
'Reply to Lewis Edwin Hahn', The Philosophy of Brand Blanshard (1980), 901.
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If science could get rid of consciousness, it would have disposed of the only stumbling block to its universal application.
— Brand Blanshard
'Reply to Francis V. Raab', The Philosophy of Brand Blanshard (1980) 807.
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