By Sandra B. Rosenthal
C. I. Lewis (1883-1964) was once probably the most vital thinkers of his new release. during this ebook, Sandra B. Rosenthal explores Lewis's philosophical imaginative and prescient, and hyperlinks his suggestion to the traditions of classical American pragmatism. Tracing Lewis's impacts, she explains the crucial strategies informing his considering and the way he constructed a different and useful imaginative and prescient of the human event. She exhibits how Lewis contributed to the enrichment and growth of pragmatism, starting new paths of positive discussion with different traditions. This publication becomes a typical reference for readers who need to know extra approximately considered one of American philosophy's so much individual minds.
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If we do not equivocate, but rather speak of the same phenomenal object in the subject and the predicate, then the judgment is analytic. The concept of the phenomenal object entails all the spatial and temporal conditions essential to that object’s being identi¤able in experience. The schema for the empirical application of the term must be part of the conceptual meaning of the phenomenal object. Lewis offers a more brief, yet more general, argument against the possibility of any synthetic a priori judgments.
To be conscious of a meaning, to inspect a meaning, is to be conscious of or to inspect speci¤c schemata. We are never able directly to examine a disposition, but rather we examine particular schemata generated by it. Dispositions cannot be said to generate explicit schemata in the sense of providing a copy—even a partial one. The generation cannot be understood as analogous to the Platonic model of an original generating a copy, for if the relation of the disposition to that which it generates is that of an original to a particularized copy, then there is transferred to the conceptual level precisely the denotative approach to analyticity that Lewis emphatically rejects.
This re®ects what in fact pervades his mode of accepting some very fundamental tenets of his philosophy, a pragmatic justi¤cation in that without such acceptance thought and knowledge become impossible. In 1924 Whitehead came to Harvard. Whitehead’s writings in®uenced Lewis’s thinking in his study of philosophy of science, especially the Whiteheadean doctrines that everything we know is via sensory experience; that observational knowledge takes place though a duration, denying point-like instants of time and point-like particles; that duration is not a time container but a slab of nature; and that perception is an awareness of events or happenings.