The Problems Of Philosophy; An Introduction To The Study Of Philosophy

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byJohn Grier Hibben

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II THE PROBLEMS OF PHILOSOPHY rE have seen that philosophy is V V concerned with that which is, in contrast with that which seems to be. Its aim is to reveal the reality which underlies appearance. Its problem, therefore, is to discover the nature of reality, its various modes of manifestation, and their relations one to another. But what is reality? Is it not merely a term for the philosopher to conjure with, behind which he may craftily conceal his ignorance? For the philosopher may prate about truth, and reality, and the eternal verities, and what not. But do his words stand for clear intelligible ideas which the plain man can understand and appreciate? Let us examine more closely the significance of this vague word, reality. It may have several meanings, according to the different points of view which one takes. We may regard it as embodied in the physical world, the world of land and sea, of sky and trees, of sunshine and of storm. The real therefore will be to us that which we can touch and see, smell and taste, as one will say, "I know that is real for I can see it with my eyes." Seeing is believing, and the testimony of the senses is the superior court of appeal in controverted questions. But the world of reality may be regarded from quite a different point of view, as the world of consciousness, the mind of man, the experiences of the inner self, the Ego. Here is a world of phenomena interrelated and reciprocally dependent. It is a realm of ideas, of memory images, of fancy, of will, and of desire. The verities in this world cannot be seen, or measured, or weighed, and yet we do not hesitate to speak of them as realities; they are real as the love of friends is real, or the anger of a foe. The passion of a Romeo, the will of a Napoleon, the geni...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1898. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II THE PROBLEMS OF PHILOSOPHY rE have seen that philosophy is V V concerned with that which is, in contrast with that which s...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217282628

ISBN - 13:9780217282628

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