The Ways of Knowing: Or, the Methods of Philosophy

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PREFACE5
INTRODUCTION

Philosophy and its three divisions: Methodology, Metaphysics and Theory of Value--Methodology and its two subdivisions: Logic and Epistemology--The possibility and desirability of segregating the problems of method from one another and from the other problems of philosophy--Proposed use of the term epistemology--The three methods of epistemology and their projected reconciliation in Part II--Proposed use of the term logic--The six methods of logic and their projected reconciliation in Part I. 31-35

PART I
CHAPTER I
The wide extent of authority in determining our beliefs--The limitations of the individual outlook and the universal suggestibility of the human mind make men dependent on the testimony of their neighbours--Authoritarianism weakened by the conflict between authorities and by the realization that testimony must sooner or later be grounded upon some more direct source of knowledge--Difficulty of appraising the rival claims of conflicting authorities without going outside of the authoritarian method--Prestige, Number and Age as criteria for evaluating authorities when in conflict--The prestige gained by a man in one field of knowledge does not extend to other fields--The number of adherents of a doctrine does not strengthen its claim to be accepted except when the adherents have reached their belief independently of one another and by some

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