Contemporary Philosophical Alternatives and the Crisis of Truth

A Critical Study of Positivism, Existentialism and Marxism

  • G. A. Rauche

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. G. A. Rauche
    Pages 1-12
  3. G. A. Rauche
    Pages 34-55
  4. G. A. Rauche
    Pages 56-88
  5. G. A. Rauche
    Pages 137-145
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 146-148

About this book


The function of philosophy may be circumscribed as consisting in ma­ king a keen analysis of the peculiar nature of the crisis-situation, as it has existed among men throughout the centuries of human history, and as it manifested itself in definite ways at the various stages of this his­ tory. That is to say, philosophy may be regarded as the discipline which, again and again, will have to determine the authenticity of man's ex­ istence in the light of the changing conditions of life, i. e. , man's chang­ ing needs and interests. Fundamentally, these needs may be regarded as being of a material, an intellectual, an aesthetical and a spiritual kind. On the grounds of the crisis, which inevitably exists among men on ac­ count of the controversial nature of their various truth-perspectives, as they are postulated on a personal level, in the sciences, in history, in the fine arts and in theology, man creates and re-creates the goods of civilization and the cultural values. The task of philosophy consists then in making an ever new assessment of man's changing needs, in­ terests and aspirations on the basis of the specific conflicts and prob­ lems with which man wrestles at a certain historical stage. It is in this way that the important philosophical systems were constructed, which we still admire to-day.


Marx epistemology ethics history of philosophy logic marxism metaphysics philosophy truth

Authors and affiliations

  • G. A. Rauche
    • 1
  1. 1.University College of DurbanSouth Africa

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1970
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-247-5017-7
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