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By Morton White

ISBN-10: 0691123985

ISBN-13: 9780691123981

In this ebook, one in all America's best philosophers bargains a sweeping reconsideration of the philosophy of tradition within the 20th century. Morton White argues that the self-discipline is far extra vital than is frequently famous, and that his model of holistic pragmatism can accommodate its breadth. Going past Quine's dictum that philosophy of technological know-how is philosophy adequate, White means that it's going to comprise the be aware "culture" in preference to "science." He defends the holistic view that medical trust is validated through event yet that such checking out is rightly utilized to platforms or conjunctions of ideals, now not remoted ideals. He provides, even though, that we attempt moral platforms via beautiful to emotions of ethical legal responsibility in addition to to sensory experiences.

In the process his lucidly written research, White treats vital concerns within the philosophy of technology, of faith, of paintings, of historical past, of legislation, of politics, and of morality. whereas doing so he examines the perspectives of Quine, Tarski, Goodman, and Rawls, and exhibits how they're regarding the techniques of Peirce, James, Duhem, Russell, Dewey, Carnap, and the later Wittgenstein. He additionally discusses the guidelines of the criminal philosophers Holmes and Hart from a holistic standpoint.

White demonstrates how his model of pragmatism bridges the conventional gulf among analytic and artificial fact in addition to that among ethical and medical trust. certainly, the excessive aspect of the e-book is a superb presentation of his view of ethics, in accordance with the concept our medical theories face the tribunal of commentary while our moral perspectives face the joint tribunal of remark and ethical feeling. students and scholars of the heritage of rules and of philosophy will welcome A Philosophy of tradition because the hugely complete manufactured from greater than sixty years of philosophical mirrored image through a huge thinker.

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At places Dewey tries to avoid mind-body dualism by saying that the self and its direct experience are absorbed in the interaction between organism and environment as hydrogen and oxygen are absorbed in water when they combine (Art as Experience, p. ”9 But what does this amount to? If the statement that connects the relation of interaction with the experience is “ideational,” Dewey is involved in the dualism between the analytic and the synthetic. But if the interaction produces the experience, Dewey will once again be involved in the dualism between the outside interaction and the inside direct experience.

He says not only that the design must be “really present in the work” but, more important, that it must be “significant” (p. 314). However, he also insists that “no rules can be laid for the performance of so delicate an act as determination of the significant parts of the whole, and of their respective places and weights in the whole”; therefore “criticism becomes itself an art” (pp. 310, 313). After giving the impression that the critic’s reaction to a painting is no better than anyone else’s, Dewey now allows that a good critic has some kind of authority: the good critic sees significant design where the bad critic presumably does not.

Such lapses are evident at some points in Dewey’s philosophy of art, a part of the philosophy of culture to which he devoted his Art as Experience, and one in which he struck a blow for philosophical freedom by showing that the philosopher is not restricted to analyzing statements of science but may also describe the artist’s activity in psychological terms. L J O H N D E W E Y ’ S P H I LO S O P H Y O F A RT 25 Dewey on the Roots of Art and Its Relations with Science Dewey characterized his reflections on art as empirical, but in his earliest days he had been an admirer of Hegel, whose idea that an objective mind or spirit is manifested in social or cultural institutions left what Dewey referred to as a permanent deposit in his own thinking.

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