New Lamps for Old: A Sequel to the Enchanted Glass

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CHAPTER I
AN OPEN WORLD

Nobody who has really gone deeply into the matter will deny that in practice the world of phenomena uniquely determines the theoretical system, in spite of the fact that there is no logical bridge between phenomena and their theoretical principles; this is what Leibnitz described so happily as a 'pre-established harmony'.-- Einstein, The Principles of Research.

THE NEW epistemology rests on certain concepts and is by now fairly familiar to the learned world. The first of these is the inseparability of space and time in the process of thought in which time is recognized as forming with the three dimensions of space a union in the fourth dimension. This, as our minds are constituted, is unintelligible, although mathematically easily comprehended. This four-dimensional complex has been called a space-time continuum. It is infinitely varied and designates environment in the widest sense of the term. As such, it is inexhaustibly extensive.

Cognition, according to this theory, is an operation in the fourth dimension, whose actuality has to be accepted on other grounds than conscious observation. The nearest we can come to it is to say that it has an intelligible organization, stated, however, in rather unintelligible terms: a three-dimensional space combination meets, let us say in the mind, with a one- dimensional time sequence, and an act of cognition

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Chapter I - An Open World 1
  • Chapter II - Enclosed Areas 26
  • Chapter III - Eternal Ideas 47
  • Chapter IV - Partial Truth 65
  • Chapter VI - Freedom 119
  • Chapter VII - The History of Avoidance 140
  • Chapter VIII - Scholarship and Criticism 166
  • Chapter IX - Renaissance 1 185
  • Chapter X - Renaissance 2 208
  • Bibliographical Notes 227
  • Index 239
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