An Introduction to Philosophy

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considerably toned down, if not done away with altogether. Its fear of the idea of substance, amounting in many cases to a veritable phobia, will have to be conquered. The theory of external relations is not strong enough to support a realistic epistemology. But the mind, as a living spiritual force, which "informs" the body is a conception which, if introduced into the New Realism, would do a great deal in leading that theory away from the monistic and materialistic tendencies which seem at present to dominate it.Consciousness is not merely the presence of an object. It is an active force which declares to exist or not to exist that which it perceives or fails to perceive. Reacting to these perceptions, the mind, by means of judgment, discloses the truth or falsehood of any proposition. An epistemology which fails to take a definite stand in behalf of a dualistic metaphysic can never hope to combat successfully the inroads of a militant idealism upon its fundamental belief, namely, the reality of the existence of an external world.1REFERENCES
BERGSON: Creative Evolution; Matter and Memory.
BOSANQUET: The Meeting of Extremes in Contemporary Philosophy.
CAIRD: Hegel.
COFFEY: Epistemology.
DEWEY: Reconstruction in Philosophy.
DRAKE and Others: Essays in Critical Realism.
DRISCOLL: Pragmatism and the Problem of the Idea.
DUBRAY: Introductory Philosophy.
HOLT: The Concept of Consciousness.
Jaymes: Pragmatism; The Meaning of Truth; A Pluralistic Universe.
KREMER: Le Néo-Réalisme Améicain.
KÜLPE: The Philosophy of the Present in Germany.
LEIGHTON: The Field of Philosophy.
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An Introduction to Philosophy
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xiii
  • Chapter I - Philosophy, Its Meaning, Scope, And Methods 1
  • References 23
  • Chapter II - The Problem of the One and the Many 25
  • References 53
  • Chapter III - The Problem of the Nature of Reality 54
  • References 72
  • Chapter IV - The Psycho-Physical Problem 74
  • References 108
  • Chapter V - The Problem of Life 109
  • References 143
  • Chapter VI - The Problem of Knowledge 144
  • References 201
  • Chapter VII - The Problem of the Nature and Criteria Of Truth 203
  • References 242
  • Chapter VIII - The Problem of Freedom 243
  • References 272
  • Chapter IX - The Problem of Morality 273
  • References 303
  • Chapter X - The Problem of the Self 304
  • References 340
  • Chapter XI - Philosophy, Science, and Religion 341
  • References 392
  • Index 395
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