By Professor Emeritus Lewis E Hahn PhD
This option of articles through Lewis E. Hahn addresses the philosophical institution 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 most effective international hypotheses, Hahn seeks to accomplish a wide point of view during which all issues could be given their due position. After supplying a quick define, Hahn explains contextualism with regards to different philosophies. In his commencing bankruptcy, as in later chapters, he expresses contextualism as a kind of pragmatic naturalism. regardless of Hahn’s excessive regard for contextualism, even if, he doesn't imagine it might be sturdy if we have been restricted to a unmarried worldview. “The extra varied perspectives now we have and the extra various resources of attainable gentle now we have, the higher our percentages that a few of these cosmic maps will make clear our international and our position in it.”
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Here too, moreover, the account reflects Darwinian evolutionism in its emphasis on improving or bettering our present situation rather than upon good or bad in some absolute sense. The good, if one is to speak of the good rather than the better, is what will enable us to solve the problem or difficulty, and since each problematic situation is unique, values are also unique. Problems are connected in various ways, however, and a career may be charted in terms of their sequence. This, I think, may be part of what Dewey had in mind in holding that if a general end is to be specified, it should be one on the order 27 Contextualism of growth, education, or continued problem-solving.
If, as Peirce held, our reasoning is a kind of sampling operation in which we judge concerning the nature of a whole on the basis of the proportion found in our sampling of it, our judgments are, of course, fallible; but we can by increased sampling improve on our accuracy. With appropriately selected thimbles of wheat, we can judge the quality of a shipload of wheat just as with a random selection of hookfuls of cotton we can estimate the quality of a trainload of bales of cotton, and similarly for other areas.
At any rate, a response that is appropriate to one environmental situation, as Darwin’s investigations repeatedly showed, may be disastrous in another. A 16 Contextualism and Cosmic Evolution-Revolution teaching technique which works very well relative to students with one set of backgrounds and interests may prove quite inappropriate for students with different backgrounds and interests. A type of pine which flourishes under most soil conditions in Southern Illinois may fare very poorly under standard conditions in Northern Illinois.
A Contextualistic Worldview: Essays by Lewis E. Hahn by Professor Emeritus Lewis E Hahn PhD