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By James A. Diefenbeck

Seeing goal notion as passive (guided and regulated by way of authorised philosophies and data), Diefenbeck seeks to strengthen a thought of concept or of cause “appropriate to the topic as an lively agent or first cause.” His process might remove darkness from and render more desirable the production of values that advisor lives.


George Kimball Plochmann in his foreword describes the booklet as “a sus­tained inquiry into the nature of data, one trying to end up that our particular cognitive allegiance to the so-called aim sciences is lost, no longer quite a bit simply because they're defective intimately or poor in humanitarian feel­ing, as simply because they can't benefit from the epistemological aid that they might require have been they allowed the hegemony over different branches of cognition that's generally accorded them.”


Diefenbeck wouldn't damage objec­tive wisdom, yet might permit each one philosophy to confront subjective phi­losophy and from the result of that disagreement construct a greater process of values.

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Second, objective truth must be able to deal with the subjective domain we have been considering by reducing it to an objective cognitive form so as to provide answers to the major questions that arise in human life. Finally, it must be able to give a full cognitive validation of its laws in its own rational mode. Our consideration of the first question involves giving objective knowledge every possible advantage so that, ignoring any difficulties which might be presented by the intrusion of the subject into this mode of cognition, we consider only the problem of whether, in its own terms, objective knowledge can achieve what it sets out to do as an absolute conception of knowledge—that is, to show how it is possible, in principle, to achieve complete prediction of all our passive perceptions.

Page 13 oddness, so a perceptual entity such as an apple would gain its intelligibility through participation in abstract concepts, either limited and particular ones, such as redness, which refer to only one aspect of the apple, or less limited concepts, such as that of an ideal apple, which presumably encompass the whole apple.  Yet there is no question as to the definition of odd in our mathematical example or of whether, or of the extent to which, three participates in oddness; we know exactly what odd means and that three must fully participate in this concept.

An organism is a subject in being an animate, self­moving agent seeking an end; it is an object in that it behaves in a regular or recurrent pattern which is empirically observable and which cannot be changed by the natural entity itself or by any other agent.  By restricting the full range of variable subjective activity to an Page 18 unchanging end or a single form of behavior in the entity, Aristotle demonstrates how an observable objective order can be generated from the subjective or self­ moving principle.

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