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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 1, Issue 4, Winter 1994

Wallace Gray
Pages 6-9
DOI: 10.5840/pcw19941421

A Surprising Rediscovery and Partial Review of The Foundations of Belief by James Balfour

Well known as the British politician responsible for the Balfour Declaration during World War I, James Balfour was also a philosopher. Long forgotten, his remarkable book The Foundations of Belief (1895) merits contemporary reassessment. Critical of modern compartmentalization, Balfour argues for an integration of religion, philosophy, and science---a position now often identified as postmodern. This article presents some of Balfour’s contemporary scholarly significance, and hints at his usefulness in undergraduate teaching.