By Professor Emeritus Lewis E Hahn PhD
This option of articles through Lewis E. Hahn addresses the philosophical tuition of contextualism and 4 modern American philosophers: John Dewey, Henry Nelson Wieman, Stephen C. Pepper, and model Blanshard. Stressing the fairly fresh contextualistic worldview, which he considers the best international hypotheses, Hahn seeks to accomplish a large viewpoint during which all issues might be given their due position. After supplying a quick define, Hahn explains contextualism in terms of different philosophies. In his starting bankruptcy, as in later chapters, he expresses contextualism as a kind of pragmatic naturalism. even with Hahn’s excessive regard for contextualism, besides the fact that, he doesn't imagine it might be stable if we have been restricted to a unmarried worldview. “The extra diverse perspectives we have now and the extra diversified resources of attainable gentle now we have, the higher our possibilities that a few of these cosmic maps will make clear our global and our position in it.”
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But I hope that the sampling of questions we have considered will help make clear both the revolutionary impact the theory of evolution has had on our ways of seeing and reacting to our world and some of the reasons for the general concern with the implications of evolution. Perhaps one of the most vivid ways of pointing up the differences between the world before Darwin and the new world is to note the character of some of the debates. For example, the idea that man is a part of the animal kingdom, which seemed like an outrageous proposal in the 1860s and 1870s, is now pretty much accepted as a commonplace.
Pragmatists have long recognized that one’s interpretation of persons and nature is intimately tied up with the psychology one adopts. If one starts with the traditional introspective psychology of Locke, Berkeley, and Hume which describes experience in terms of relatively distinct sensations or impressions and ideas somehow brought together by association, it may appear that a yawning chasm separates persons and their world. If, however, one adopts a newer psychology which draws upon developments in physiological and experimental psychology and describes experience in terms of ongoing courses of purposive behavior, it becomes apparent that persons are parts of nature and that the biological matrix of experience is central.
A type of pine which flourishes under most soil conditions in Southern Illinois may fare very poorly under standard conditions in Northern Illinois. An economic policy or a plan of action is good relative to a specific situation which makes it desirable. A knife may be good for sharpening a pencil and bad for cutting a rope; but to speak of it without qualification as good or bad is quite misleading. The contextualistic account of analysis also expresses the Darwinian mode in a number of ways: for example, in its rejection of the idea that analysis is primarily a matter of reducing a complex to permanent or fixed elements, in its acceptance of the notion that analysis is an affair of tracing patterns of change, and in its recognition of the importance for many purposes of a genetic account of events.