One World and Our Knowledge of It

The Problematic of Realism in Post-Kantian Perspective

  • Jay F. Rosenberg

Part of the Philosophical Studies Series in Philosophy book series (PSSP, volume 23)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jay F. Rosenberg
    Pages 1-2
  3. Jay F. Rosenberg
    Pages 109-128
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 193-209

About this book


Philosophy, Aristotle is well known to have said, begins in wonder. So, of course, does everything else. Astronomy begins in wonder at the moving lights in the sky; biology, in wonder at the living creatures of the earth; psychology, in wonder at the intricacies and eccentricities of our distinctively human form of life. So, at best, wonder is only a necessary condition for philosophy. What. is peculiar about philosophers is what we are inclined to wonder about. We wonder about everything. In particular, we wonder about astron­ omy and biology and psychology (and about philosophy) - about whether and how such disciplines are possible and, crucially, about whether and how such disciplines fit together. We don't just wonder about everything. We wonder about everything all at once. Philosophers are general practitioners. Things stand ill with our disciplme today. There was quite recently at large in America an occasional publication under the title Jobs in Philosophy. The title rested upon a confusion, and the publication furthered the confusion upon which it rested. For it did not, in fact, list jobs in philosophy. It couldn't.


Aristotle Immanuel Kant astronomy concept empiricism epistemology evolution future individual knowledge living ontology philosophy pragmatics realism

Authors and affiliations

  • Jay F. Rosenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyUniversity of North CarolinaUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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