Rationalism

Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 18,975 / 64 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 45
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 859
Added to site: 2010.04.12
mnybks.net#: 27320
Genre: Philosophy
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ts to the name. Professor James, indeed, is able to reconcile an ostensible certainty of rightness of method and result with much experience in investigation. 'A pragmatist,' he tells us, 'turns his back resolutely and once for all upon a lot of inveterate habits dear to professional philosophers. He turns away from abstraction and insufficiency, from verbal solutions, from fixed principles, closed systems, and pretended absolutes and origins.' One is delighted to hear it; but it is perhaps the course of prudence for most of us to doubt our power of getting entirely clear of inveterate habits.[3] Scrutiny of philosophic literature fails to reveal any one who entirely succeeded in it, even slowly. A constant concern for revision, then, would seem to be forced upon the professed rationalist, who knows how often the appeal to reason has yielded mere modifications of error, one unjustifiable credence ousting another. 'Knows,' one says, because the error is provable to the satisfaction of the judgment which seeks

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A bit dated, and not an easy read due to the employment of complex sentence structures and vocabulary. Well thought out, but more of a restrained defense and definition of "rationalism" than any engagement with any specific religious/political doctrines. Figures such as Wm. James and Bergson are briefly taken up.


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