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A Contextualistic Worldview: Essays by Lewis E. Hahn
by Lewis E Hahn
Southern Illinois University Press, 2001
eISBN: 978-0-8093-9008-3 | Cloth: 978-0-8093-2331-9
Library of Congress Classification B809.14.H34 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 146


This selection of articles by Lewis E. Hahn addresses the philosophical school of contextualism and four contemporary American philosophers: John Dewey, Henry Nelson Wieman, Stephen C. Pepper, and Brand Blanshard.


Stressing the relatively recent contextualistic worldview, which he considers one of the best world hypotheses, Hahn seeks to achieve a broad perspective within which all things may be given their due place. After providing a brief outline, Hahn explains contextualism in relation to other philosophies. In his opening chapter, as in later chapters, he expresses contextualism as a form of pragmatic naturalism. In spite of Hahn’s high regard for contextualism, however, he does not think it would be good if we were limited to a single worldview. “The more different views we have and the more different sources of possible light we have, the better our chances that some of these cosmic maps will shed light on our world and our place in it.”

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