Philosophical Anthropology and Practical Politics

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The Present and Likely Future Success of the Soviet Union

The first thing to realize about this modern nation and the culture which it would produce throughout the entire world is that its set of elementary concepts and universal propositions is defined by Continental Rationalistic modern philosophy stemming from Descartes, Newton, Leibniz and Kant, rather than by British empirical and American pragmatic philosophy which derives from Bacon, Newton, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Mill, Bentham, Austin, Peirce, James and Dewey. When this Continental Rationalistic modern philosophy came into the mind of the Newtonian-minded mathematical physicist Kant in Königsberg and was combined there with British empirical modern philosophy after the latter had passed through the mind of Hume, modern mathematical physics was given an idealistic epistemological interpretation as was modern ethical, legal and political language. According to this idealistic epistemological meaning of any concept in any domain of human thought whatever, all assertions, whether they be in the non-normatively worded experimentally verified theories of the natural sciences (Naturwissenschaften) or in the normatively worded moral, legal, political, aesthetic and religious theories of the cultural sciences (Geistenwissenschaften), are the products of two different kinds of concepts, one of which obtains its meaning purely empirically by reference to data given by the senses or introspected, the other of which is implicit in the scientist or common

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