The Revolt against Dualism by Arthur O Lovejoy

By Arthur O Lovejoy

The insurrection opposed to Dualism, first released in 1930, belongs to a convention in philosophical theorizing that Arthur O. Lovejoy referred to as "descriptive epistemology." Lovejoy's primary objective during this ebook is to elucidate the excellence among the really separate phenomena of the knower and the recognized, whatever usually seen to logic, if no longer consistently to highbrow knowing. This paintings is as a lot a controversy concerning the ineluctable alterations among topic and item and among mentality and fact, as it's a refined polemic opposed to those that might stray faraway from acknowledging those changes. With a unravel that lasts over 300 pages, Lovejoy bargains candid reviews of a generation's worthy of philosophical discussions that tackle the matter of epistemological dualism.

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Of is Mind, p. 120. This is not precisely Mr. Russell's present summarized and examined in Lecture VII.

Now you obviously cannot discuss whether two particulars two in the sense that they have been provisionally distinguished in discourse are identical unless you already know or assume something about both. If you are in a state of blank ignorance about either one, no question concerning the nature of their relations can be raised. It is therefore necessary to know, or postulate, certain propositions about the class cognoscenda before we can compare it with the class "data" to ascertain whether the two satisfy our criteria of identity.

This, in fact, would have been the more natural outcome of the argument; a subjectivist or a dualist, for whom all content is "mental" ab initio, surely has less need to supplement it by a bare awareness than has one by whom the supposition that extraexperiential material things directly "get reported" (in James's phrase) must be rendered intelligible. It is equally possible to admit that experience discloses or presupposes a "diaphanous" activity of awareness without inferring from this that the objects directly apprehended must or can exist outside the total situation of which this awareness is an element.

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