11.29.04 - Common Sense

11.29.04 - Common Sense - modifying one another It follows...

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Exam: December 15 th 4:25 – 6:25 James on Common Sense James’ inclusion on this topic is essential on what he does in the next chapter on pragmatic theory of truth. Common sense normally means following the rules in order to not get in trouble. But this is not the kind of Common sense that James wants to talk about, he draws a distinction between common sense in the growth of knowledge and common sense for success. Knowledge in the world of science grows based on evolution of scientific theories. New truths are resultants of new experiences and of old truths combined and mutually
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Unformatted text preview: modifying one another It follows that very ancient modes of thought may have survived time through all the later changes in mens opinions. Science doesnt always move uniformly together. Physics can/did develop during some times, while Biology did in others. The phenomenon of objects falling has always remained the same, but the idea of gravity came about much later. The ancient truths that have survived time are what James says constitutes common sense....
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course PHIL 1204 taught by Professor Jcpitt during the Fall '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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