Review - Reason and Nature (Cohen) - This stimulating and...

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This stimulating and fascinating volume by one of the 20 th Century’s greatest philosophers is a “It is consequently incorrect to assert that aprioristic insight and pure reasoning do not convey any information about reality and the structure of the universe. The fundamental logical relations and the categories of thought and action are the ultimate source of all human knowledge. They are adequate to the structure of reality, they reveal this structure to the human mind and, in this sense, they are for man basic ontological facts.” (Human Action, p. 86) Economist Ludwig von Mises was prompted by Reason and Nature (pp. 202-205) to establish the above in Human Action, his pioneering work on economics. Any part of Cohen’s essay would, in all probability, be very differently assessed by physicists, biologists, psychologists, philosophers, or other “specialists.” Although it discusses the problems fundamental in the approach to and interpretation of each of these fields, this is not Cohen’s primary purpose. He desires to
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