Dewey v. Russell on Truth

Ett paper från 2006. John Dewey, just like William James, his predecessor as the main figure of American Pragmatism, received critique from across the Atlantic by the eminent Bertrand Russell. The present paper will concern Dewey’s reply to Russell as it is put forward in his article ‘Propositions, Warranted Assertibility, and Truth’ (1). Dewey and Russell represent different schools of thought, and their disagreements are likely to involve the fundamental points where American pragmatism break with the tradition of European analytic philosophy. This paper thus focus on the fundamental issues where Russell and Dewey disagree; it will clarify the different … Fortsätt läsa Dewey v. Russell on Truth

Om Vico på TPM

The Philosophers’ Magazine har en kort artikel om Giambattista Vico. In his best-known work, The New Science (1725), Vico stresses the centrality of culture in and for any intellectual endeavour, the natural sciences included. Knowledge relies upon understanding, and, in turn, understanding relies upon tacit beliefs, which are the result of the history of one’s personal development within a variously-layered historical reality. Sensus communis (common sense) is, for Vico, the fundamental ground out of which all forms of human knowledge spring and to which, ultimately, they are bound to return. Sensus communis, in his words, is “judgement without reflection, shared … Fortsätt läsa Om Vico på TPM

Popper om ”uninterpreted data”

Karl Popper, Conjectures and Refutations, Routledge Classics, 2004, s.520: “That those experiences which we call ‘perceptions’ are interpretations – interpretations, I suggest, of the total situation in which we find ourselves when ‘perceiving’ – is an insight due to Kant. It has often been formulated, somewhat awkward, by saying that perceptions are interpretations of what is given to us by our senses; and from this formulation sprang the belief that there must be present some ultimate ‘data’, some ultimate material which must be uninterpreted (since interpretation must be of something, and since there cannot be an infinite regress). But this … Fortsätt läsa Popper om ”uninterpreted data”