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Metaphysics and Social Attitudes


by Brand Blanshard 1937

LAST May a conference was held at the New School in New York of persons interested in the relation between philosophy and social change. Running through some of the speeches was an assumption that I found challenging. It was this: that there is some sort of inner connection between empiricism and liberalism on the one hand, and between rationalism and conservatism on the other. If you are a true liberal, interested in change and progress, a friend of the forgotten man, a questioner of the powers that be, then your philosophy, if you have one, will be empiricist and probably pragmatic. If your philosophy is of the opposite type, rationalistic and speculative, you will pretty certainly be found, in social matters, in the camp of the theories. This was taken as almost self-evident.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 1 Number 1, 1937, p. 79-81
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13612, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 6:35:29 AM

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