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Diccionario filosófico
Complete edition

Diccionario de Filosofía
Brief definition of the most important concepts of philosophy.


A Dictionary of English Philosophical Terms Francis Garden

Vocabulary of Philosophy, Psychological, Ethical, Metaphysical
William Fleming

Biografías y semblanzas Biographical references and lives of philosophers

Brief introduction to the thought of Ortega y Gasset

History of Philosophy Summaries

Historia de la Filosofía
Explanation of the thought of the great philosophers; summaries, exercises...

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Jaime Balmes

Historia de la Filosofía
Digital edition of the History of Philosophy by Zeferino González

Vidas, opiniones y sentencias de los filósofos más ilustres
Complete digital edition of the work of Diogenes Laertius

Compendio de las vidas de los filósofos antiguos

A brief history of Greek Philosophy
B. C. Burt


A Short History of Philosophy




Discourse. Discursus

Discourse. Discursus. Mediate or syllogistic, as distinct both from immediate inference, and from intuition. It means a running about, a passing from one thing to another, which of course describes the mental process in syllogising. The term is applied both to the act of reasoning, and to the faculty by which it is performed. Thus in the latter use, we have Shakespeare's

" A beast that wants
        Discourse of reason,"


" Sure He that made us with such large discourse ;"

and we have the well-known passage of Milton,

" Whence the soul
     Reason receives, and Reason is her being
     Discursive or intuitive ; discourse
     Is oftest your's, the latter most is our's."


These citations taken from well-known literature show sufficiently the received sense of the word, as it will be found employed in Hooker and our standard philosophical writers. By an easy transition it comes to denote the expression of connected thought, and we call grave conversation discourse, and a sermon or essay a discourse.



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