Analysis of Arthur O. Lovejoy’s The Great Chain of Being

Sociology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at Arthur O. Lovejoy’s book which deals with the traditional view, plan, and structure of the world as accepted without question from later antiquity down to the end of the 18th century by most philosophers, scientists, etc.

Arthur 0. Lovejoy presents a view of the ‘history of human ideal. In his book, The Great Chain of Being, he deals with the traditional view, plan, and structure of the world as accepted without question from later antiquity down to the end of eighteenth century by most philosophers, scientists, literary writers, and religious men. This concept and title of Lovejoy’s book, The Great Chain of Being encompasses both the religious and secular world view of a time period in the history and development of human thought that spanned most of the past three thousand years and even though the past two centuries have given way to a drastic change in how the religious and secular communities view the world, the ‘Chain of Being’ while it can not be any longer accepted as the only way to view the world, it did create and is still creating-a foundation for our twentieth century thought.


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