The Study of Man: The Philosophic Scene: Scientific Method on the Defensive
During the last few years philosophers in the United States have been engaged in a profound searching of heart. They have been discussing the nature and justification of philosophy in our troubled world.
Among the causes for this current stocktaking may be mentioned a sense of futility among some philosophers about the relevance of technical philosophical issues to problems of war and peace. Even more decisive perhaps has been the demand from students, administrators, and other teachers for a philosophy by which human beings can intelligently live. They complain that there is no nourishment in chewing epistemological straw or in mastering the niceties of logical syntax. Finally, the reconstruction of the curriculum of liberal arts colleges throughout the country has brought the question of philosophy to the forefront. And so the discussion is on. Hegel defined philosophy as thinking about thought: a good deal of American philosophy can be described as thinking about what “philosophy” is.
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