UO PHIL 607 - Qualitative Thought (19 pages)

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Qualitative Thought

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University of Oregon
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Phil 607 - Sem Phil & Teaching
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Qualitative Thought From The Collected Works of John Dewey 1882 1953 Electronic edition The Later Works of John Dewey 1925 1953 Volume 5 1929 1930 Essays The Sources of a Science Education Individualism Old and New and Construction and Criticism The world in which we immediately live that in which we strive succeed and are defeated is preeminently a qualitative world What we act for suffer and enjoy are things in their qualitative determinations This world forms the field of characteristic modes of thinking characteristic in that thought is definitely regulated by qualitative considerations Were it not for the double and hence ambiguous sense of the term common sense it might be said that common sense thinking that concerned with action and its consequences whether undergone in enjoyment or suffering is qualitative But since common sense is also used to designate accepted traditions and is appealed to in support of them it is safe at the outset to refer simply to that thought which has to do with objects involved in the concerns and issues of living The problem of qualitative objects has influenced metaphysics and epistemology but has not received corresponding attention in logical theory The propositions significant in physical science are oblivious of qualitative considerations as such they deal with primary qualities in distinction from secondary and tertiary in actual treatment moreover these primary qualities are not qualities but relations Consider the difference between movement as qualitative alteration and motion as F ma between stress as involving effort and tension and as force per unit surface between the red of the blood issuing from a wound and red as signifying 400 trillion vibrations per time unit Metaphysics has been concerned with the existential status of qualitative objects as contrasted with those of physical science while epistemology having frequently decided that qualities are subjective and psychical has been concerned with their relation in



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