The New Realism: Cooperative Studies in Philosophy

The New Realism: Cooperative Studies in Philosophy

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The New Realism: Cooperative Studies in Philosophy

The New Realism: Cooperative Studies in Philosophy

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The new realism may be said to be at the present moment something between a tendency and a school. So long as it was recognised only by its enemies it was no more than a tendency. But war has developed a class-consciousness, and the time is near at hand, if indeed it is not already here, when one realist may recognize another. This dawning spirit of fellowship, accompanied by a desire for a better understanding and a more effective cooperation, has prompted the present undertaking.

It is perhaps inevitable that the new realism should for a time remain polemical in tone. A new philosophical movement invariably arises as a protest against tradition, and bases its hope of constructive achievement on the correction of established habits of thought. Neo-realism is still in a phase in which this critical motive dominates, and is the chief source of its vigor and unanimity. Before, however, a philosophy can come of age, and play a major part in human thought, it must be a complete philosophy, or must at least show promise of completeness. If it is to assume the rôle, it must undertake to play the whole part. The authors of the present book thus entertain the hope that they may have succeeded not only in amplifying, clarifying, and fortifying the realistic critique, but also in exhibiting that critique as a basis for the solution of special philosophical problems, and for the procedure of the special sciences.

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