Beyond Realism and Idealism

By Wilbur Marshall Urban | Go to book overview

Chapter VI
Beyond Realism and Idealism (continued). Objections to the Preceding Dialectical Solution.

I --

A

IN THE preceding chapter we have presented the process of dialectical transcendence by which, as we believe, the enlightened philospher may come to the insight that the cognitive 'values' embodied in the opposition of realism and idealism are not contradictory and that when the irrefutable minimal presuppositions of both positions are critically examined there is no reason why they should not be found complementary.

It goes without saying that a position such as this will scarcely commend itself to the majority of philosophers. For those in whom the opposition is so hardened that defence of their chosen position has become a large part of their intellectual life, the response can be only that of indignant repudiation. For many the method of solution proposed will arouse only amused contempt. With neither of these emotional attitudes am I, of course, concerned. But there are really plausible if not convincing objections, and these it is incumbent upon us to consider. There are at least three points which should, I think, be singled out for special examination. There is (a) the objection to the whole idea of the dialectical method in general, and especially to its application to a problem such as this. There is (b) the objection that the position described as beyond realism and idealism is in unstable equilibrium and must, in the end, pass over into some form of idealism or realism. (c) Finally, there is the objection that, even if such a position were conceivable or plausible, it could not be shown to be true; for dialectic is concerned with explication of meanings, never with knowledge in the sense of verification or demonstration.


B

Any philosopher who introduces the notion of dialectic and dialectical method at all is, of course, bound to be open to the gravest suspicion as to his philosophical competence. He is immediately charged with doing violence to the sacred principle

-149-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Beyond Realism and Idealism
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 266

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.