A Contextualistic Worldview: Essays by Lewis E. Hahn by Professor Emeritus Lewis E Hahn PhD

By Professor Emeritus Lewis E Hahn PhD

This collection of articles through Lewis E. Hahn addresses the philosophical institution of contextualism and 4 modern American philosophers: John Dewey, Henry Nelson Wieman, Stephen C. Pepper, and model Blanshard.


Stressing the fairly fresh contextualistic worldview, which he considers the best global hypotheses, Hahn seeks to accomplish a vast standpoint during which all issues could be given their due position. After delivering a short define, Hahn explains contextualism on the subject of different philosophies. In his commencing bankruptcy, as in later chapters, he expresses contextualism as a kind of pragmatic naturalism. regardless of Hahn’s excessive regard for contextualism, even though, he doesn't imagine it'd be reliable if we have been restricted to a unmarried worldview. “The extra diversified perspectives we've and the extra diversified assets of attainable mild we've, the higher our probabilities that a few of these cosmic maps will make clear our global and our position in it.”

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These categorial distinctions, moreover, are ones in a temporal process, and an analysis which neglects this fact, contextualistically speaking, omits or slurs over something of vital importance. Although such an analysis may provide timeless logical distinctions, it is unlikely to exhibit the texture of an event with temporal spread. For that a genetic account may prove more illuminating. If, for example, we are analyzing the death of JB, it will not do to say that whatever the cause, he is nonetheless dead, and no considerations of attendant circumstances or of anything before or after the instant of death are needed.

3) Having it clearly stated, we are ready for the third stage, that of suggested solutions or hypotheses as to how to solve the problem. Various ideas as to how it may be solved occur to us, and these ideas suggest further observation and help point to other pertinent facts. The more adequately we have stated the problem, of course, the more expeditious our search for possible solutions. (4) The fourth step is that of deductive elaboration. We reason out the implications of the various hypotheses, noting what we may expect if we take the first, the second, the third, and so on.

But we never reach ultimate elements. We may trace the strands of a given texture into convenient control textures (schematic textures, or schemes) such as the color cone or a musical scale, and these in turn may be traced into schemes of light wave or air vibrations. These latter schemes are tied in with the system of schemes constituting physics and are interknit in various ways with the schematic structures of the other sciences. Any color may be located rather precisely as to hue, saturation, and value on the color cone, and once so located we have a basis for producing it in the future.

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