Morris Raphael Cohen
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Morris Raphael Cohen
This open eye for possible alternatives which need to be scrutinized before we can determine which is the best grounded is profoundly disconcerting to all…
It is not impossible to think that the minds of philosophers sometimes act like those of other mortals, and that, having once been determined by…
It has generally been assumed that of two opposing systems of philosophy, e.g., realism and idealism, one only can be true and one must be…
In thus pointing out certain respects in which philosophy resembles literature more than science, I do not mean, of course, to imply that it would…
A creative element is surely present in all great systems, and it does not seem possible that all sympathy or fundamental attitudes of will can…
To be sure, the vast majority of people who are untrained can accept the results of science only on authority.
The picture which the philosopher draws of the world is surely not one in which every stroke is necessitated by pure logic.
Literature and philosophy both allow past idols to be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly distressing to a sober scientist.
Let philosophy resolutely aim to be as scientific as possible, but let her not forget her strong kinship with literature.
Again, both literature and philosophy work by appealing to certain reigning idols.
Lastly, literature and philosophy both allow past idols to be resurrected with a frequency which would be truly distressing to a sober scientist.
If a philosophic theory is once ruled out of court, no one can tell when it will appear again.
Law is a formless mass of isolated decisions.
Liberalism, on the other hand, regards life as an adventure in which we must take risks in new situations, in which there is no guarantee…
Liberalism regards life as an adventure in which we must take risks in new situation, in which there is no guarantee that the new will…
The method of exposition which philosophers have adopted leads many to suppose that they are simply inquiries, that they have no interest in the conclusions…
Conservatism clings to what has been established, fearing that, once we begin to question the beliefs that we have inherited, all the values of life…
If religion cannot restrain evil, it cannot claim effective power for good.
Cruel persecutions and intolerance are not accidents, but grow out of the very essence of religion, namely, its absolute claims.
Liberalism is an attitude rather than a set of dogmas – an attitude that insists upon questioning all plausible and self-evident propositions, seeking not to…
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