By Sandra B. Rosenthal
C. I. Lewis (1883-1964) was once essentially the most very important thinkers of his iteration. during this booklet, Sandra B. Rosenthal explores Lewis's philosophical imaginative and prescient, and hyperlinks his inspiration to the traditions of classical American pragmatism. Tracing Lewis's impacts, she explains the valuable strategies informing his considering and the way he constructed a distinct and sensible imaginative and prescient of the human event. She exhibits how Lewis contributed to the enrichment and growth of pragmatism, starting new paths of confident discussion with different traditions. This booklet becomes a customary reference for readers who need to know extra approximately certainly one of American philosophy's such a lot amazing minds.
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Extra resources for C. I. Lewis in Focus: The Pulse of Pragmatism (American Philosophy)
The uniqueness of Lewis’s position concerning the nature and function of the a priori both houses and hides its far-ranging signi¤cance. Logical Investigation and Its Dual Directions Lewis’s work in logic, combined with a healthy respect for Kantian epistemology and an appreciation of certain basic tenets of American pragmatism, produced the context of thought from which the pragmatic a priori, the vital core of Lewis’s conceptual pragmatism, took shape. Lewis’s spending many years in the study of logic was motivated in large part by his strong objections to the conception of implication developed in the extensional logic of Whitehead and Russell’s Principia Mathematica.
I. Lewis in Focus meanings, but rather, when properly understood, it reveals the purposive activity out of which awareness of meanings emerges. ” 12 Human behavior is meaningful behavior, and it is in behavior that meaning is rooted. There is an inseparable relationship between the human biological organism bound to a natural environment and the perceiver who enters into the structuring of a world. From the context of organic activity and behavioral environment there emerge irreducible meanings that allow a world of things to come to conscious awareness.
All such logical truths must be intensional truths. Lewis holds that any abstract system of logic has intensional meaning in that its terms are systematically related in accordance with general conceptual schemes. Logical rules have meaning in terms of the operations they prescribe. This meaning that the symbols of logic have is part of a system whose total structure is analytic. ” 2 It is because of what the rules mean, because of what we do with logical symbols in accordance with rules, that the resulting propositions of a logical syllogism are tautologies.