Prolegomena to an Idealist Theory of Knowledge

Prolegomena to an Idealist Theory of Knowledge

Prolegomena to an Idealist Theory of Knowledge

Prolegomena to an Idealist Theory of Knowledge

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This volume is the outcome of material which I prepared for use as Mill's Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of California, January to May, 1923. In it I have endeavoured to carry through an enterprise which I have long had in mind, namely, the formulation of an idealist theory of knowledge on realist lines.

In the late 'nineties I had come to be interested in Malebranche's philosophy, and thereby was fortunate in finding a bond of common interest with Mr. S. Alexander, to whom the realist features in Malebranche's teaching had made special appeal. Mr. Alexander then, happily, directed my attention to the writings of Avenarius. I had also become acquainted with M. Bergson's Les Données immédiates de la Conscience and Matière el Mémoire; and at that time I believed myself able to trace certain realist tendencies common to him and to Avenarius. Some paragraphs from articles in the Philosophical Review (1908) and Journal of Philosophy (1912), expressive of my attitude in these years, I have, by permission of the editors, incorporated, with a few changes, in the present volume. Since 1912, however, my views have undergone very radical alteration, though still in the direction of realism and without departure from the idealist standpoint. In . . .

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