Some Dilemmas of Naturalism

Some Dilemmas of Naturalism

Some Dilemmas of Naturalism

Some Dilemmas of Naturalism

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No one of my generation who discusses philosophical issues at Columbia University can fail to be reminded (and very vividly reminded) of the great diversity of the insights and emphases that have been developed there under the names "naturalism" and "empiricism". Indeed, no responsible laborer in the philosophical vineyard in our times, however much he may differ with them (as they indeed differed among themselves), can have failed to profit in one way or another from the work of Woodbridge, of Dewey, of Montague, and of Edman--not to mention the work of the distinguished scholars who now constitute Columbia's philosophical faculty.

I should like to record the debt I myself incurred to Frederick J. E. Woodbridge when, many years ago, as a prospective student of medicine, I heard the lectures he gave at Berkeley as Visiting Mills Professor of Philosophy. When he discussed John Locke, I was struck by his dramatic insistence that, although we can examine the structure and measure the capacity of a ship . . .

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