By Professor Emeritus Lewis E Hahn PhD
This feature of articles through Lewis E. Hahn addresses the philosophical university of contextualism and 4 modern American philosophers: John Dewey, Henry Nelson Wieman, Stephen C. Pepper, and model Blanshard. Stressing the rather contemporary contextualistic worldview, which he considers the best international hypotheses, Hahn seeks to accomplish a extensive viewpoint during which all issues will be given their due position. After offering a short define, Hahn explains contextualism when it comes to different philosophies. In his starting bankruptcy, as in later chapters, he expresses contextualism as a sort of pragmatic naturalism. despite Hahn’s excessive regard for contextualism, even if, he doesn't imagine it might be strong if we have been restricted to a unmarried worldview. “The extra assorted perspectives we've got and the extra diversified resources of attainable mild we've got, the higher our percentages that a few of these cosmic maps will make clear our global and our position in it.”
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In any event, the method of critical inquiry is a tremendous advance over the trial and error method of resolving difficulties, having the advantage of both solving a problem and providing some descriptive or explanatory statements about how it was solved. Going hand in hand with this account of critical inquiry is a view of expe25 Contextualism rience which incorporates findings and emphases of biological science and focuses upon the fact that experiencing means living in and by means of an environment, natural, social, and cultural.
The process has been described in somewhat different terms in various versions, but in general contextualists have thought of it as a problem-solving or doubt-resolving affair; and they are convinced that the pattern exemplified in it is applicable, with appropriate modifications, to the full range of problems facing us in this changing world. From Peirce on, however, they have maintained that these problems are specific and concrete, or can be made so; and so long as we can formulate our problems in these terms we can deal with them, work at overcoming them.
It is a way of getting more accurate predictions and better control in a problematic situation. An experiment is a program of action to determine consequences and is thus a way of introducing intelligence into a situation. It is an intelligently guided procedure for discovering what adjustments an organism must make to its environment to ward off ills or secure goods. For that matter, of course, experimentation is relevant not merely on the individual biological level but also, as John Dewey spent a lifetime reminding us, wherever planned reconstruction of a situation may help effect desired transformations—for example, in social planning or in education.
A Contextualistic Worldview: Essays by Lewis E. Hahn by Professor Emeritus Lewis E Hahn PhD