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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: June 2012

6 - Yves R. Simon: a philosopher's quest for science and prudence

Yves R. Simon is sometimes thought to be a rather obscure philosopher, who came somehow, as if it all dropped out of the sky one day, to write a remarkable book on democratic theory. Near the very end of his life, he appeared especially interested in protecting the sphere of practical judgment or prudence from both philosophy and social science. Simon provided some striking formulations that assist his readers in understanding this grand and significant set of relationships and how ultimate science, or metaphysics, can proceed. This chapter sketches Simon's understanding of the nature and object of philosophy, in fact of all science or rational learning. Yves Simon, who had rejected literary approaches to philosophy for system, rigor of demonstration, and assurance, seemed aware all along that the preparation for human action, for prudent human action, required more than the science of philosophy.
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Political Philosophy in the Twentieth Century
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Simon, Yves R.Jacques MaritainJacques Maritain: Homage in Words and PicturesAlbany, NYMagi Books 1974
Simon, Anthony O.Acquaintance with the Absolute: The Philosophy of Yves R. SimonNew YorkFordham University Press 1998
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Simon, Yves R.Philosophy, the Humanities and EducationThe New Scholasticism 62 1988 471
Simon, Yves R.The Community of the FreeLanham, MDUniversity Press of America 1984 5
The Ethiopian Campaign and French Political ThoughtSimon, Anthony O.Royal, RobertMcAdams, A. JamesNotre Dame, INUniversity of Notre Dame Press 2009
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