A New Approach to Philosophy

A New Approach to Philosophy

A New Approach to Philosophy

A New Approach to Philosophy

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In turning from the field of literature to that of Philosophy doubtless I shall be asked for passport and credentials. The book I am offering must serve as the former—though I should offer it hesitantly unless convinced that it presents a new philosophical direction. As for credentials, let me say that when young I took degrees in Philosophy under James, Royce, and Santayana; that I taught philosophical courses for a year; and that unceasingly through the years philosophical problems have intrigued me.

The basic assumption of my argument is that we can have little hope of answering the questions of Psychology, Logic, Ethics, and Aesthetics rightly until we obtain a right theory of Ontology. As the ontological theory I offer seems to me the only one our experience can and does validate, in the light of it and as a test of it I have ventured to examine some of Philosophy's other fundamental problems.

Whether I have observed all the amenities of philosophical discussion, I do not know. However, that will not matter if what I have to say is important and if it is said with simplicity and clarity. What cannot be denied is that Philosophy today is in dire need of a clarifying push out of the muddle which causes many sensible people to refuse, mistakenly of course, to take it seriously.

These six chapters were given as a course of lectures at the University of Louisville. That they will be attacked, whether right or wrong, I am aware; for nothing is dearer to a thinker than . . .

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