Will, Imagination, and Reason: Babbitt, Croce, and the Problem of Reality / Edition 1

Will, Imagination, and Reason: Babbitt, Croce, and the Problem of Reality / Edition 1

by Claes G. Ryn
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560009187

ISBN-13: 2901560009183

Pub. Date: 01/01/1997

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Will, Imagination and Reason sets forth a new understanding of reality and knowledge with far-reaching implications for the study of man and society. Employing systematic approach, Claes Ryn goes to the philosophical depths to rethink and reconstitute the epistemology of the humanities and social sciences. He shows that will and imagination, together, shape our basic…  See more details below

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Will, Imagination and Reason sets forth a new understanding of reality and knowledge with far-reaching implications for the study of man and society. Employing systematic approach, Claes Ryn goes to the philosophical depths to rethink and reconstitute the epistemology of the humanities and social sciences. He shows that will and imagination, together, shape our basic outlook on life and that reason derives its material and general orientation from their interaction. The imaginative master-minds - novelists, poets, composers, painters, and others - powerfully affect the sensibility and direction of society. Sometimes a distorting, self-serving willfulness at the base of their visions draws civilization, including reason, into dangerous illusion. More penetrating and balanced vision and rationality spring from a different quality of will. Ryn explains the kind of interplay between will, imagination, and reason that is conductive to a deepened sense of reality and to intellectual understanding. He argues that human life and self-knowledge are inescapably historical. He draws from Irving Babbitt, Benedetto Croce, and other philosophers to refute positivistic, formalistic, and ahistorical theories of knowledge and to develop his alternative. Ryn throws much new light on the nature of reason but also on central issues of ethics and aesthetics. This trenchant and original work is indispensable to philosophers, social, political and cultural theorists, literary scholars, and historians.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901560009183
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
OP
Pages:
288

Table of Contents

Transaction Introduction
Prefatory Note5
Introduction9
Bibliographic Note21
1The Ethical Will and Reality25
2The Challenge of Modern Aesthetics45
3Scientific Reason and Experience65
4Philosophical Reason79
5"The Scandal of Reason"95
6Historical Knowledge109
7The Logic of Knowledge119
8Will and Knowledge133
9Will and Imaginative Truth147
10Intuitive Wisdom and Illusion161
11The Way to Reality175
12Imaginative Perception of the Universal185
13Will, Imagination and Reason207
Index223

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