A Contextualistic Worldview: Essays by Lewis E. Hahn by Professor Emeritus Lewis E Hahn PhD

By Professor Emeritus Lewis E Hahn PhD

This feature of articles via 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 best global hypotheses, Hahn seeks to accomplish a extensive point of view during which all issues might be given their due position. After offering a quick define, Hahn explains contextualism when it comes to different philosophies. In his starting bankruptcy, as in later chapters, he expresses contextualism as a sort of pragmatic naturalism. despite Hahn’s excessive regard for contextualism, although, he doesn't imagine it'd be reliable if we have been constrained to a unmarried worldview. “The extra various perspectives we've got and the extra diversified assets of attainable gentle 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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The integration is something new. In all these cases of novelty, however, it is possible after the fact to trace strands leading up to the novel quality or texture, and in general contextualists tend to assume that continuities or connections may be traced between any two states of affairs. Nor would they hold that this casts any doubt on the genuineness or importance of the novelties. Pepper’s fourth category of novelty, however, raises a question as to whether there are not novelties of a more radical or absolute type.

We start not with subject and object but rather with a total affair or situation within which, for purposes of practical or intellectual control, we may distinguish, say, a subject as experiencer from an object as experienced or a self from its not-self. Contextualists have similar reservations, of course, about attempting to turn a functional distinction between the organic and the inorganic into a hard and fast distinction between two separate, mutually exclusive realms of life or living things and matter or material things.

Analytic inquiry involves both discrimination of constituent strands of a texture and relevant contextual references, and the traditional accounts have tended to limit it to a special form of the former. When we analyze a given event into A, B, and C, this is not to say that the event is divided without remainder once and for all into constituents A, B, and C, but rather that it is possible to trace a pattern of relations connecting the event with A, B, and C. And, of course, it does not rule out the possibility of tracing another pattern of relations between the event and D, E, F, or between it and an indefinitely large number of other possibilities.

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