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11.03.04 - Dillema - definite touch with concrete facts and...

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A Pragmatist is always considering the consequences of his or her actions. What is a dilemma? A problem which neither answer is satisfactory. James’ Dilemma In a scientific world which Philosophy satisfies best the craving for an explanatory system? Science? Excludes religion, romantic spontaneity is gone. Religion? Excludes science, no contact with the real world. “… And this is then your dilemma: you find the two parts of your quaesitum hopelessly separated. You find empiricism with inhumanism and irreligion; or else you find a rationalistic philosophy that indeed may call itself religions, but that keeps out of all
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Unformatted text preview: definite touch with concrete facts and joys and sorrows.” Rest of the argument: a. The universe is wide open b. Rationalism creates closed system c. Rationalism is too removed from world – Leibniz Empiricism is too strong in its rejection of religion. Hence: Pragmatism. Descartes is not a skeptic. He used skepticism to arrive at the idea of the cogito, and then proceeded with reason from there. Write a Dialogue between Descartes, Hume and James, on the possibility of free will....
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