By Ernst Cassirer
One of the 20 th century’s maximum philosophers provides the result of his lifetime research of man’s cultural achievements. An Essay on Man is an unique synthesis of latest wisdom, a different interpretation of the highbrow quandary of our time, and an excellent vindication of man’s skill to solve human difficulties through the brave use of his mind.
What the thinkers of the earlier have considered the human race, what may be stated of its artwork, language, and capacities for sturdy and evil within the gentle of recent wisdom are mentioned by means of an excellent thinker who had a profound adventure of the prior and of his personal time.
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If, as Moore opined, essences or real universals are among "the most important kinds of things in the Universe"if "there are tremendous numbers of them, and we are all constantly thinking and talking of them"then let us by all means pursue them, though the search should prove as arduous as that for ultimate particles. It is clear, however, that the pursuit of sufficient and necessary conditions, as conducted by a seeker like Dretske, is disconnected from the pursuit of essences as traditionally conceived.
Neither viewed knowledge as a natural kind to be treated in the manner Putnam prescribed. What, then, was the game being played? At the start of the article Dretske cited, Gilbert Harman may have revealed the mentality of other participants in the debate about knowledge, and not just his personal perspective: I take an analysis to be any interesting set of necessary and sufficient conditions. Although I shall not offer an analysis of the meaning of "know" (whatever that would be), I shall appeal to your intuitions about hypothetical cases.
But beyond these evident truths, Harman wishes to know whether such a supposition qualifies as knowledge. " To some extent, this makes sense. while it would be odd to speak of an "intuition" that it is raining when drops are pouring down, or of an "intuition" that a student knows the answer when he has set it down, flawlessly, in his examination paper, somehow discernment of the truth becomes more delicate and difficult in the cases Harman cites. The reason, I think, is clear. '' The statement's words are also relevant: the downpour is a clear instance of what we call rain; the student's answer is a clear example of the kind of evidence on which we base assertions of knowledge.