NEW BEGINNINGS AND OUR SITUATION: PARADOXES OF SUBJECTIVITY
Philosophy is not so abstract and theoretical an affair as the previous two chapters suggest. The motives that lead any of us to defend a philosophical position, or indeed even to begin philosophical inquiry, are complex and deep-rooted. We misrepresent what is at stake here if we express ourselves in ways appropriate to some purely epistemological problem, engaging some supposed purely theoretic side of our nature in a perfectly determinate, clear-cut, and objective situation. It is true that the governing feature of the present discussion has been the obscurity and ambiguity of our situation, and this should have warned us that there are depths here to be explored cautiously; but the exact role played by our subjectivity both in defining our contemporary situation and in pointing a way
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Publication information: Book title: The Recognition of Reason. Contributors: Edward Pols - Author. Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press. Place of publication: Carbondale, IL. Publication year: 1963. Page number: 28.
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