By Vincent Michael Colapietro, John Edwin Smith
John E. Smith has contributed to modern philosophy in essentially 4 exact capacities; first, as a thinker of faith and God; moment, as an indefatigable defender of philosophical mirrored image in its classical feel ( a feeling including, yet no longer constrained to, metaphysics); 3rd, as a player within the reconstruction of expertise and cause so boldly inaugurated through Hegel then redically remodeled by means of the classical American pragmatists, and considerably augmented by means of such thinkers as Josiah Royce, william Earnest Hocking, and Alfred North Whitehead; fourth, as an interpreter of philosophical texts and traditions (Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche at the least Charles Peirce, WIlliam James and John Dewey; German idealism in addition to American; the Augustinian culture at the very least the pragmatic). cause, event, and God offers a major and complete examine the paintings of John E. Smith via amassed essays which every handle points of his life-long paintings. A reaction by means of John E. Smith himself attracts a line of continuity among the items.
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Page 1 Introduction Some of us had the privilege of studying with John Smith during what we now think of as the golden days at Yale. There was a rich variety of philosophical perspectives and styles among the faculty; just as important, there was an ethos among the graduate students that encouraged each of us, no matter what our special interest, to take everything available to us with full seriousness. It is not entirely clear that a philosophical community existed among the faculty, who may not have talked to each other all that much.
Smith has pointed out that pragmatists underscored various contrasts which, according to the British empiricists, were supposed to hold between sense perception and reason or understanding. " Such experience was thought of as immediate perception or the first impressions of sense, and so experience came to be thought of as within consciousness and even as a kind of veil between the knowing subject and the world to be known. Hence, the pragmatists pointed out the difference between the alleged immediacy of sensa and that of the physical object itself.
Furthermore, James argues that one should not confuse concrete experiencing with an abstract representation of some aspect of it, since this would lead to the narrow view of experience. Finally, his radical empiricism points out, against the Humean analysis, that experience includes relations, transitions, tendencies, and connectives as well as isolated sense impressions. Finally, Dewey's radical reconstruction of experience stresses the role of experience as an instrument for resolving problematic situations and in transforming those that are indeterminate and unsatisfactory into determinate and satisfactory ones.