New PDF release: A Contextualistic Worldview: Essays by Lewis E. Hahn

By Professor Emeritus Lewis E Hahn PhD

ISBN-10: 0809323311

ISBN-13: 9780809323319

ISBN-10: 1429417579

ISBN-13: 9781429417570

This option of articles through Lewis E. Hahn addresses the philosophical college of contextualism and 4 modern American philosophers: John Dewey, Henry Nelson Wieman, Stephen C. Pepper, and model Blanshard.            Stressing the quite fresh contextualistic worldview, which he considers the most effective international hypotheses, Hahn seeks to accomplish a large point of view in which all issues will be given their due position. After supplying a short define, Hahn explains contextualism in terms of different philosophies. In his starting bankruptcy, as in later chapters, he expresses contextualism as a sort of pragmatic naturalism. even with Hahn’s excessive regard for contextualism, even if, he doesn't imagine it might be reliable if we have been restricted to a unmarried worldview. “The extra varied perspectives we've and the extra diversified assets of attainable mild we have now, the higher our possibilities that a few of these cosmic maps will make clear our international and our position in it.”

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For two thousand years in field after field permanence and perfection tended to be equated; and during this period, as John Dewey wrote in a famous essay on Darwin,10 the ruling conceptions in the philosophy of nature and knowledge had rested on 11 Contextualism the assumption of the superiority of the fixed and final. Absolute permanency marked at one and the same time the height of reality and perfection; and the species or forms typified fixity and perfection. Becoming, originating and passing away, change, these were signs of defect and unreality, at best the marks of a lower reality.

Nature, for the contextualists, is a scene of incessant beginnings and endings; and initiations, consummations, blockings, with connecting references and intervening meansobjects or instruments operating within a certain context, are categorial for them. These categorial distinctions, moreover, are ones in a temporal process, and an analysis which neglects this fact, contextualistically speaking, omits or slurs over something of vital importance. Although such an analysis may provide timeless logical distinctions, it is unlikely to exhibit the texture of an event with temporal spread.

In spite of its simplicity, however, the above account seems to me basically accurate. This is what is involved in problem-solving activity whether it is a personal problem, a major social issue, or a significant scientific problem; and it is difficult to overestimate the survival value of this method for the human species. Indeed, if its past record of achievement should lead to its more extensive use with reference to such problems as those of war, poverty, population, and pollution, my optimism concerning our future survival would be greatly strengthened.

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