P. 1
Reconstruction in Philosophy

Reconstruction in Philosophy

|Views: 541|Likes:
Published by brotherimam

More info:

Published by: brotherimam on Jul 02, 2009
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

09/30/2012

pdf

text

original

To say frankly that philosophy can proffer nothing but

hypotheses, and that these hypotheses are of value

only as they render men's minds more sensitive to life

about them, would seem like a negation of philosophy

itself.

In the third place, the body of beliefs dictated by

desire and imagination and developed under the in-

fluence of communal authority into an authoritative

tradition, was pervasive and comprehensive. It was, so

to speak, omnipresent in all the details of the group

life. Its pressure was unr vtting and its influence

universal. It was then probably inevitable that the

rival principle, reflective thought, should aim at a simi-

lar universality and comprehensiveness. It would be

as inclusive and far-reaching metaphysically as tradi-

tion had been socially. Now there was just one way

in which this pretension could be accomplished in con-

junction with a claim of complete logical system and

certainty.

All philosophies of the classic type have made a

fixed and fundamental distinction between two realms

of existence. One of these corresponds to the re-

ligious and supernatural world of popular tradition,

which in its metaphysical rendering became the world

of highest and ultimate reality. Since the final source

and sanction of all important truths and rules of con-

duct in community life had been found in superior and

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->