A Realistic Universe: An Introduction. to Metaphysics

A Realistic Universe: An Introduction. to Metaphysics

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A Realistic Universe: An Introduction. to Metaphysics

A Realistic Universe: An Introduction. to Metaphysics

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The Place of Metaphysics. -- In this age of narrow specialization and absorbing immediate interests, it is well that we should try to recover what Plato called "the love of the wholeness of things, both human and divine." By doing so, we shall. gain greater insight into our special problems and greater sanity in practical life. For philosophy is merely sustained thinking about the things that are of vital and permanent concern to the human race in the whirl of circumstance in which we find ourselves.

There are many reasons for the disrepute into which the noblest of sciences has fallen in our own day. One of these is the bias of words. Metaphysics has been confused with obscurantism and occultism; and professional philosophers are in a large degree to blame for this. They have been victims of a traditional vocabulary which once was significant in the history of thought, but which has ceased to be relevant to our special matrix of problems. The tendency has been to substitute counters for things, antique phrases for clear and distinct ideas. Whenever philosophy has been vital, it has always followed close upon the heels of science and human interest. It was so that metaphysics originated as a science in the days of Aristotle. It is so that it has maintained itself ever since, whether translated into the theological atmosphere of the Middle Ages, or into the scientific spirit of the age of Descartes and Locke. To be vital to-day, metaphysics must clarify our own scientific and social problems.

Another reason is to be found in our narrow emphasis on the practical. The most dangerous sophist in any age, as Plato pointed out, is the public sophist, -- the prevailing emphasis of the social mind. To-day, the emphasis is on immediate material results rather than on the calm contemplation of the . . .

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