The Paradox of Cause and Other Essays

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1978 - 192 pagini
They speak to anyone who has been baffled by the old conflict between personal freedom and causal order. More widely, they examine the role of action in the projection of any general order, including the physical. They find history as the career and evolution of self-criticizing and self-correcting action. They reject all "theories" of history, whether as a chaos or an episode in an ahistoric totality. They propose a common source of science and the humanities, of laboratory and the Muses. Key words here are act and action. They contrast with passivity and with the convention that requires us to keep out of our own thought in order to avoid illusion and egotistical pretentiousness.

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The Paradox of Cause
11
Utopia and the State
19
Accidents Will Happen
42
On the Problem of Knowledge
56
Idealism and Freedom
64
History and Humanism
75
Freedom as a Characteristic of Man in a Democratic Society
97
The Midworld
106
Functioning Objects Facts and Artifacts
124
The Ahistoric Ideal
130
What Does Art Do?
161
A Meditation on a Painting
169
The Scholar as Man of the World
174
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John William Miller (1895-1978) taught at Williams College, and he is well known for his extraordinary teaching (described in Masters: Portraits of Great Teachers).

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