A Study of the Realistic Movement in Contemporary Philosophy by Matthew Thompson Mcclure

A Study of the Realistic Movement in Contemporary Philosophy

byMatthew Thompson Mcclure

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912. Excerpt: ... A Study of the Realistic Movement in Contemporary Philosophy 1. The Issue Of New Realism. The issue of new realism may be set forth by giving the simplest possible description of any situation in which a human being consciously takes part. Anything purporting to be a "naive" description is usually, on the face of it, open to suspicion, so highly sophisticated do such unsuspecting accounts often turn out to be. A description to be naive, means, among other things, a description which does not import into the situation described any elements which are not elements of the situation; and these elements must be such that any one may identify them and admit their presence. We may take a situation in which a human being is playing a part, and for our present purpose term that situation behavior. So far as one's body is an active factor in a situation the term behavior is inclusive of all its actions. It includes internal, organic reactions, reflex and automatic movements, and all higher bodily functions. My body, moreover, is active within a situation which extends beyond the limits of my body. It directly encounters an environment with which it is in continuous contact and with which it is homogeneous. It receives stimulations from it and adjusts itself with appropriate reactions. Now at some point in the genesis of behavior there enters the element of consciousness, and at this point a distinction is to be made between behavior and conscious behavior. Just how much the term conscious behavior includes it is unnecessary at present to say. Surely the environment does influence my body and elicit responses without any advent of consciousness. The savage gulping down his food, may, like the dog barking at the moon, be acting without any element of consciousness be...

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Title:A Study of the Realistic Movement in Contemporary PhilosophyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217429653

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