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By Marvin Farber

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ISBN-13: 9780873950367

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Whitehead, The Concept of Nature, Cambridge, The University Press, 1920, Chapter III. < previous page page_13 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_14 next page > Page 14 not "man against nature"; it is man as a part of nature attempting to adapt the forces of nature to his own ends. It is even less meaningful to suppose that one gets outside his cultural system when criticizing it, no matter how fundamental the criticism may be. And finally, it is if anything still less possible really to get away from or "behind" experience in general.

The Cynics' contempt for worldly goods and cultural pursuits; the mystics' ecstatic experience as a means of salvation; the scourging of the flesh and the devaluation of this life in view of the belief in a better life to come, in the Christian tradition; and the restriction of philosophy to a purely descriptive program, or to purely logical processesthese are some of the ways of practicing renunciation of social issues. Vastly different though they may be among themselves, they all agree in one respect: they do not attempt to change the status quo of society.

When Dewey speaks of experience, in the complete sense in which he means it to be understood, as the method of philosophy, he is doing little more than providing emphasis in a desired direction. Negatively, it aids in combating one-sided and artificial methods. But positively, it does not furnish precepts for procedure, or anything more than a general appeal for the use of empirical description as a method subject to the confirmation of others. In other words, the method of philosophy is conceived as being like that of any descriptive discipline, and as merely being more general.

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