New PDF release: C I Lewis in Focus: The Pulse of Pragmatism

By Sandra B. Rosenthal

ISBN-10: 0253348374

ISBN-13: 9780253348371

C. I. Lewis (1883-1964) used to be some of the most very important thinkers of his iteration. during this ebook, Sandra B. Rosenthal explores Lewis's philosophical imaginative and prescient, and hyperlinks his notion to the traditions of classical American pragmatism. Tracing Lewis's affects, she explains the imperative suggestions informing his pondering and the way he constructed a special and useful imaginative and prescient of the human event. She indicates how Lewis contributed to the enrichment and enlargement of pragmatism, commencing new paths of optimistic discussion with different traditions. This e-book becomes a typical reference for readers who need to know extra approximately one among American philosophy's so much unique minds.

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Lewis in Focus various positions. The combination of providing a grounding for valuation as a form of empirical knowledge, clarifying his position as presented in Mind and the World Order while countering objections to it, and working through emerging divergent views all combined to focus his attention on the systematic development of the epistemological issues themselves. One of the developments that in®uenced the direction of Lewis’s focus was the formation of the Vienna Circle, which began in 1923 and which developed into the general movement known as logical positivism.

The schema for the empirical application of the term must be part of the conceptual meaning of the phenomenal object. Lewis offers a more brief, yet more general, argument against the possibility of any synthetic a priori judgments. “Any character in the absence of which we should refuse to apply a term is of the essence. ”11 Such faulty analyses are readily understandable, for the intrinsic intensional connections among terms are rooted in sense meanings, and our verbal expression of these meanings may well omit too much of the concrete ground of the connection.

The division between the a priori and the a posteriori, then, coincides with the division between the conceptual and the empirical, between the contributions of mind and what is given in experience, between the analytic and the synthetic. Lewis is thus drawn into an epistemological investigation of the nature of a priori truth that encompasses both the analyticity of meanings and the pragmatic determination of the contributions Rational Certitude and Pragmatic Experimentalism 31 mind chooses to make.

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