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Knowledge and Social Practice

by Charles N. Morris - 1940

TO AN EVER GREATER DEGREE MAN is attempting to consciously control the direction of his development. Diverse doctrines point out divergent roads to the future; we are besieged with ought; the question as to "Who"—i.e., what ideal and goal—is to be the master of the earth becomes more insistent. Yet the modern temper is such that at least the most persuasive of the prophets—Marx, Nietzsche, and Dewey—feel obliged to base their persuasion upon purported truths about man and society, and thus to let the "ought" arise from an "is," and a prescription from a description. This situation poses the basic problem as to the relation of scientific knowledge to practice, the relation to social practice being a special case of the general problem.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 6 Number 51, 1940, p. 150-152
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14057, Date Accessed: 9/26/2020 5:55:26 AM

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