The Problem of Knowledge. Douglas Clyde Macintosh

A. W. Moore
1916 The American Journal of Theology  
As the page numbers indicate, this volume is no hurried publication of half-digested views, a practice which has become too much the fashion in philosophy. From hints in the preface and elsewhere, one gathers that this is the first of a possible series of volumes that is to set forth a system of philosophy of religion. In these days of rapid reconstruction and of tentative and timid philosophizing, it is interesting to find some one with courage to project a system. Also, at a time when
more » ... a time when epistemology is despised and rejected of philosophy, it is refreshing to see a volume frankly devoted to this outcast subject. I say "frankly," for there is a large amount of philosophical writing which, while professing to have renounced epistemology and all its works, is yet forced by its presuppositions to speak throughout with the voice of epistemology. But Professor Macintosh is a well-oriented writer. He knows what he is about. He is fully aware of his premises. He sees clearly, as many do not, that if one starts with the metaphysical premises of a world of purely "psychical subjects" and acts on the one hand and "physical objects" and acts on the other, there is no escape from epistemology. It is not to be got rid of by dropping the name or by calling it "logic." Professor Macintosh is equally successful in showing that the epistemological problem is neither solved nor shelved by the various metaphysical devices of the idealistic movement, nor by the "logistics" of neo-realism. And here perhaps is the place to say that one of the most valuable features of the volume is the expository and critical survey of current theories of knowledge which it furnishes. ' The Problem of Knowledge.
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