A World of Chance: Or, Whence, Whither and Why?

A World of Chance: Or, Whence, Whither and Why?

A World of Chance: Or, Whence, Whither and Why?

A World of Chance: Or, Whence, Whither and Why?

Excerpt

I offer this volume as the result of an endeavor to make a synthesis of some of the more important results of research in Modern Logic (Symbolic), in the Physical Sciences (Relativity and Indeterminacy), in Biology, and in certain aspects of the Theory of Knowledge and the Theory of Values. Since it has been my effort to make such a synthesis, the book makes no pretensions to completeness in any of these fields. It is not a Logic, it is not a Physics, nor is it a Biology, an Epistemology, or a Theory of Value. It could not possibly be all of these, and it has been my purpose not to make it any one of them. These sciences (if Epistemology and the Theory of Value may, by courtesy, be called sciences) have been drawn upon in order to construct a Philosophy, or, more specifically, in order to obtain an account of the Structure of Reality. Such an account I call a Metaphysics.

Each one of these sciences has been drawn upon, because each, I find, makes its contribution to Metaphysics, either by way of the special results obtained in its domain, or by way of its presuppositions, or both, and also by way of the relation of the subject-matter of each science to that of others.

The main thesis of the book is, as my title indicates, that this is "A World of Chance," by which I mean that Chance or Contingency runs through and through the entire universe. By "the universe" I mean, of course, the entire realm of fact, and this realm I find to be very extensive. It in-

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.