The Architectonics of Meaning: Foundations of the New Pluralism

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State University of New York Press, 1985 M10 1 - 205 páginas
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"This book presents what I take to be the most significant philosophic discovery of the present century. This is the discovery, first, of the fact of pluralism, that the truth admits of more than one valid formulation, and, second, of the reason for this fact in arbitrary or conventional elements inseparable from the nature of thought itself. With this discovery, the very thing that was formerly thought to be a scandal and a disgrace to philosophy, namely, that philosophers do not agree, turns out to be its great virtue. For through it are revealed essential features of all thought."

Thus begins what seems destined to become one of the most influential works of modern philosophy. Building on the work of Richard McKeon, Walter Watson analyzes the presence and importance of "archic elements" in texts of every kind — philosophic, scientific, literary, political. "Archic elements" correspond to what we think of as differences of conceptual framework. Professor Watson brings them into the full light of day, and shows how they can be treated systematically. As a result, new patterns of relationship emerge within and among the various philosophic traditions of the world, and between philosophy and the special arts and sciences. The enterprise of textual interpretation acquires new precision. This is the first truly useful taxonomy of all ideas.

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Archic Variables
1
Reciprocal Priority
15
Objective Perspectives
22
Disciplinary Perspectives
32
Reality
41
Existential Realities
61
Substrative Realities
68
Logistic Methods
78
Principle
101
Creative Principles
113
Comprehensive Principles
126
Reflexive Principles
136
Archic Analysis
151
Interpretation of Texts and of the World
161
Notes
171
Bibliography
185

Dialectical Methods
84
Problematic Methods
91

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Walter Watson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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