Essays in Critical Realism: A Co-Operative Study of the Problem of Knowledge

Essays in Critical Realism: A Co-Operative Study of the Problem of Knowledge

Essays in Critical Realism: A Co-Operative Study of the Problem of Knowledge

Essays in Critical Realism: A Co-Operative Study of the Problem of Knowledge

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The present volume was projected in December 1916, and the work upon it has been carried forward since then by conferences and correspondence. All of the essays here gathered were written specifically for it, and most of them have been redrafted several times during the progress of the discussion. The actual publication has been delayed, however, by the war work of one of the members of the group. Our belief in the value of co-operative effort has been fully justified to our own minds by the result; for while the doctrine as here presented is, by contrast with the other well-known views, essentially that which all the members of the group have held for some years past, its final expression has been greatly clarified and its analysis sharpened by the elaborate mutual criticism to which our papers have been subjected.

Especial credit should be given to Professor Strong and Professor Santayana, who, though overseas during this entire period, have kept up a constant correspondence with the rest of us, and thus shared with their cis-Atlantic colleagues the fruits of their many years of consideration of the vexing problem we had chosen to attack. Professor Strong book, The Origin of Consciousness, which contains a powerful argument for the epistemological view here also defended, came out after our essays were in practically their present shape. But several, at least, of us owe a peculiar debt, in the way of sharpening and filling out our analysis of the knowledge-

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