By Sandra B. Rosenthal
C. I. Lewis (1883-1964) was once the most vital thinkers of his iteration. during this publication, Sandra B. Rosenthal explores Lewis's philosophical imaginative and prescient, and hyperlinks his inspiration to the traditions of classical American pragmatism. Tracing Lewis's affects, she explains the valuable techniques informing his pondering and the way he built a distinct 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 confident discussion with different traditions. This e-book becomes a regular reference for readers who need to know extra approximately considered one of American philosophy's such a lot distinct minds.
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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. “Any character in the absence of which we should refuse to apply a term is of the essence. ”11 Such faulty analyses are readily understandable, for the intrinsic intensional connections among terms are rooted in sense meanings, and our verbal expression of these meanings may well omit too much of the concrete ground of the connection.
Pertinent to these issues, as well as others, is his The Ground and Nature of the Right and the third section of Our Social Inheritance. In 1953 Lewis retired at age seventy. His stature in philosophy is attested to by the fact that Paul Schilpp, editor of the Library Life, Work, and Importance 23 of Living Philosophers, devoted a volume to his work. This was a big honor, which put him in the ranks of such ¤gures as Albert Einstein, Russell, Whitehead, Santayana, and Dewey, among others. After completing An Analysis of Knowledge and Valuation and throughout his retirement years Lewis turned to ethics, publishing some articles and three series of lectures.
In re®ecting on his philosophy much later in his career, he succinctly summarized the way in which what he calls ethical considerations must be taken in a broad sense. It concerns not merely “ethics and other types of value assessment, but the whole area of the normative, including logical determinations of consistency and cogency,” any claim for truth in logic itself, and the justi¤cation of beliefs in general. ”23 He framed his discussion in terms of “laws” and imperatives, and the “categorical imperative” occupies the center stage of his moral theory.