By J.K. Feibleman
The acquisition of information isn't really a unmarried unrelated celebration yet fairly an adaptive approach within which earlier acquisitions regulate current and destiny ones. partly I of this essay in epistemology it truly is argued that dealing with wisdom isn't really a passive affair yet dynamic and lively, related to its continuance into the phases of assimilation and deployment. partially II a couple of particular matters are raised and mentioned so as to discover the size and the depths of the workings of adaptive understanding. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS "Activity as A resource of data" first seemed in Tulane reviews in Philosophy, XII, 1963; "Knowing, Doing and Being" in Ratio, VI, 1964; "On ideals and Believing" in Tulane reports, XV, 1966; "Absent gadgets" in Tulane experiences, XVII, 1968; "The truth video game" in Tulane reviews, XVIII, 1969; "Adaptive Responses and The Ecosys tem" in Tulane reports, XVIII, 1969; "The Mind-Body challenge" within the Philosophical magazine, VII, 1970; and "The wisdom of The identified" within the foreign common sense evaluation, I, 1970. half I dealing with wisdom bankruptcy I the matter of information I. the selected method you're approximately to learn a examine of epistemology, one that has been made of a practical point of view. it isn't the 1st of such interpre tations, and it'll now not be the last.
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This could not be the case if "being known" were able to "alter the mode of being of the object," as Bosanquet said it does. l l (2) Knowledge comes from action as well as from perception. Hume insisted that it was the "subverter of scepticism," and indeed there is strong evidence that our perceptions are not themselves creative but only report to us what exists in our neighborhood. Every move I make is evidence against the notion that the world is my idea of it. (3) If indeed I did create the world through my perceptions or thoughts, how does it happen that errors exist in my thinking?
V!. AGAINST IDEALISM It may be nothing more than a remarkable coincidence, but most of the theories which find general acceptance are those which are flattering to man. That the world is only his idea of it has much in common with the religious idea that he is immortal and that he is next to God who is chiefly concerned with his welfare. But do such beliefs rest on grounds any more secure than wishful thinking? Is there any evidence for them? I am not an idealist if by that term is meant one who supposes that ideas are products of the mind or that knowledge is created rather than discovered.
Color for instance is a passive quality, though I would argue for the so-called 'passive' qualities that they have a certain minimal impact. But there are other qualities which have a more vigorous force, and I will name some of them. Force as a physical property exerts the quality of pressure, and there is a quality of force also at everyone of the empirical levels of organization higher than the physical. The qualities of force at the chemical level are many and varied, from those our senses are unable to detect, such as valence bonds, to those they can, such as odors.
Adaptive Knowing: Epistemology from a Realistic Standpoint by J.K. Feibleman