difference between critical realism and pragmatism


After a short time working in a “low vein” mine owned by the Quincy Coal Company, Boodin attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1890-91 where he studied Latin, Greek, Swedish, and Geometry. Each one is allowed to choose his own task, make his own plan and fix his own salary. Sellars Roy Wood, (1922), Evolutionary Naturalism, Chicago, Open Court. As nouns the difference between pragmatism and realism. Rather, it is the driving force of natural processes and, as such, by all means knowable. The finite fragmentary intent must find its reality or correction in a larger whole. More generally, “[p]roperties have no meaning for science, except as energy determinations, characteristics within energy systems” (ibid. In the preface to that book he made the following announcement: In the bewildering amount of discussion and misunderstanding to which the pragmatic movement has led, there is need for fresh emphasis of the main issues. As Sellars further points out, critical realism is a “mediate” (77) position. In fact, the actual problem is to understand why Boodin thinks his own approach needs to be so sharply distinguished from critical realism. Hi, It is, by the way, quite difficult to determine what the distinctive characteristic of “European” p. Whether Boodin’s specific variant of philosophical thinking should be seen as an expression of “European pragmatism” is hard to say. But the artists get practice and the temple is first of all a school for artists. Pragmatism. In 1896-97, he taught Logic, Ethics, and Comparative Religion at Brown. Rather, “[t]he thing must suggest an own center of energy” (ibid.). (Nelson 1984: 137), 3In 1897, Boodin eventually entered Harvard (on a Hopkins scholarship). Perry Ralph Barton, (1912), Present Philosophical Tendencies: A Critical Survey of Naturalism, Idealism, Pragmatism, and Realism, Together With a Synopsis of the Philosophy of William James, New York, Longmans, Green. (philosophy) The idea that beliefs are identified with the actions of a believer, and the truth of beliefs with success of those actions in securing a believer's goals; the doctrine that ideas must be looked at in terms of their practical effects and consequences. A VISTA ON HISTORY OF SCIENCE ‘‘Science’’ derives from the Latin word ‘‘scientia,’’ broadly meaning ‘‘knowledge.’’ Science is the rigorous and time-consuming activity through 456 FILIPE J. SOUSA For him, [p]hysical things possess dynamic capacities. A Winter Revery,” The Monist, 18, 298-306. When reflecting back on the early parts of his career, W. Sellars claimed that: 3 The role of a pragmatist paradigm when adopting mixed methods in behavioural accounting research 1 Introduction In recent years, there has been an increase in what has become known as mixed methods research. There, he primarily studied with the American idealist Josiah Royce and came in closer (friendship-like) contact with James. Strong (eds), Essays in Critical Realism: A Co-Operative Study in the Problem of Knowledge, London, Macmillan, 35-81. Holt, for example, claimed that “[t]he entities […] under study in logic, mathematics, and the physical sciences are not mental in any usual or proper meaning of the word ‘mental’” (Holt in Holt et al. 1910: 399). Key Difference – Pragmatism vs Idealism Pragmatism and idealism are two opposing philosophical approaches. Philosopher-Poet,”, Matthias, (2002), “Physics Without Pictures? In either case the soul is endeavoring to create an objective counterpart to its tendencies or needs, to mirror itself, become conscious of itself. Thus the weight of a body varies at different points of the surface of the earth; it is, in other words, a function of the attraction of the earth. At any rate, Boodin’s contributions to the complex discussion of realism, pragmatism, and their mutual relationship are worth reconsidering. It is for this reason that Boodin assumes that things cannot be infinitely divisible. ch. 4 See Randall 1966. 15Summing up thus far, it can be stated that Boodin, when he entered the American philosophical scene, encountered a confusing, if not chaotic, diversity of programs, movements and related -isms. The energy concept simply proves to be more general than the concept of matter. According to Nelson, “Boodin lived in the continual hope that times would change and that people would increasingly look to his work […] as a source of sanity, value, and enlightenment. It is apparent that Boodin seeks some sort of “idealized” as well as “humanized” conception of reality and truth. Ostwald Wilhelm, (1895), “Die Überwindung des wissenschaftlichen Materialismus,” Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte, 1895, 155-68. At that time, Harvard no doubt was the stronghold of (the still quite young) American philosophy. (Dewey 1905: 324-5). In Boodin’s words: It should be noted that Ostwald – unlike Boodin – not only rejected materialism, but also atomism. Section 5 concludes the paper with some critical comments. Boodin 1911b: 58) as well as from his focusing on the pragmatic element in knowledge. He obviously knew of Peirce’s 1905 contribution for. Rather, things possess properties “only within a system, and such properties vary with the conditions which determine the system” (1916: 35). Its origins are often attributed to the philosophers Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey. Moreover, the critical realist movement joined in the format of cooperative publication as already executed by the new realists’ 1912 volume. the Pragmatist,” Lovejoy’s paper may be considered as one of the most unrelenting critiques of the pragmatist point of view. by the assertion that: To be means simply to express, to embody the complete internal meaning of a certain absolute system of ideas, – a system, moreover, which is genuinely implied in the true internal meaning of purpose of every finite idea, however fragmentary.” (Royce 1900, 36). 2John Elof Boodin was born in Pjätteryd, Småland (Southern Sweden), in 1869. Accordingly, a fusion of pragmatism and realism seemed to be, among the younger Harvard generation. Much the same is asserted by Boodin when we writes: In order to prevent misunderstandings let me emphasize that I do, claim that Boodin simply took over one of Sellars’s most prominent ideas. Boodin John Elof, (1916), A Realistic Universe: An Introduction to Metaphysics, New York, Macmillan. As Nelson points out in his biographical sketch: In 1897, Boodin eventually entered Harvard (on a Hopkins scholarship). Thus in 1920 they published their Essays in Critical Realism, which was subtitled “A Cooperative Study of the Problem of Knowledge.”7 In the preface to that volume, the authors pointed out: The doctrine here defended, while definitely realistic, is distinctly different from the “new” realism of the American group, whose volume, published in 1912, was a signal example of the value of co-operative effort in crystallizing and advertising a point of view in philosophy. Idealism had almost disappeared from the scene, and the realist camp had developed into a more diversified form. This plan didn’t work out, but Boodin received a funded scholarship at nearby Brown University. Boodin, although invited to do so (see below, fn. ), on the other. We will come back to this point in a moment. 14Regarding their relation to pragmatism, the critical realists no doubt saw certain affinities. (1916: xvii). , i.e., six years before Sellars made his claim. Boodin 1911b: 58) as well as from his focusing on the pragmatic element in knowledge. And he continues: When he wrote the 1908 paper, Boodin already had a professorship at the University of Kansas. The knower and the known are related through certain energetic dependencies. Holt, Montague and Perry all had studied under Royce at Harvard. It is these questions that I finally want to briefly address. Thus “pragmatic” realism should be seen as an independent variant within the realist camp. At any rate, the emigration to the United States fundamentally changed Boodin’s overall outlook. Nurs. : 608). At the same time he speaks of “my friend Royce” (1908: 303), mentions the latter’s “absolute idealism” (1908: 300) and suggests that “[i]deals may prove truer than facts” (ibid.). In that paper, Boodin again, and more explicitly, draws the connection between pragmatism and realism. A Winter Revery.” It appeared in, had appeared in 1907. Nor do physical things have properties in themselves. Thus, in section 2 of this paper, I shall provide some information concerning Boodin’s life and work, and, in section 3, I shall reflect on the philosophical situation in the United States during the first two decades of the twentieth century. 15 Editorial Comment to Boodin (1910: 615). He writes: But after all, the center of interest in this religion is not the temple but the artists. Holt, for example, claimed that “[t]he entities […] under study in logic, mathematics, and the physical sciences are not mental in any usual or proper meaning of the word ‘mental’” (Holt in Holt, 1910: 394). It is only when pursued in this spirit that metaphysics can take rank as a science, and, at least in its ideal, as the science of sciences. They both assume that to say that substances and qualities exist independently of the environment has a meaning. 13As for the movement’s label, the critical realists were critical insofar as they aimed at a more reflected approach to the issue of cognition (especially perception) than our everyday’s “naïve” as well as philosophical “new” realism.8 They were realist insofar as they, on the other hand, agreed with new realism in the postulation of the existence of mind-independent things. 3 It is, by the way, quite difficult to determine what the distinctive characteristic of “European” pragmatism could be. He points out: For a comprehensive reconstruction of the energetic world-view, see Deltete 1983. Pragmatism on Education Envision Develop and apply knowledge and become an individual who can exercise choice and take responsibility for their actions. As concerns his primary sources of inspiration, he mentions James, Royce and “the vitalizing influence in our country of its great teacher, John Dewey, and the Chicago School” (1916: ix). With all due respect for Professor James, for whose extraordinary and fine personality I cherish an unbounded admiration, I must confess that I would deem it a misfortune if his philosophy would ever exercise a determining and permanent influence upon the national life of our country.” (Carus 1908: 361-2). He explicitly analogizes philosophy and. XIV). , published in 1911, that Boodin directly replied to that comment. As concerns his primary sources of inspiration, he mentions James, Royce and “the vitalizing influence in our country of its great teacher, John Dewey, and the Chicago School” (1916: ix). The main difference between critical theory and constructivism is that critical theory is a theory focusing on critiquing and changing society as a whole while constructivism is a theory that states humans construct knowledge through their intelligence, experiences and interactions with the world.. Critical theory and constructivism are two key concepts you encounter in sociology. In his own words: Understood that way, the object itself becomes “a truth process” (. In order to adequately understand this shift in philosophical perspective, it is important to take into account both Boodin’s intellectual socialization in the United States and the surrounding philosophical context. Inspired by James’s “Does Consciousness Exist?” (1904), authors such as Holt, Montague, and Perry had joined forces, in order to promote what they called “new” realism.5 The attribute “new” had partially to do with the fact that the members of that group saw themselves as participating to the new scientific endeavor (informed by both psychology and the natural sciences) which demanded a more robust realist epistemology. See, in this connection, already Lovejoy 1908; further, for an evaluation, Kuklick 2017. Besides idealism, neo-realism, and pragmatism there existed a further influential movement, namely so-called critical realism. , insisted upon the interrelatedness of physical objects, perceiving organisms and their environment. 1920: vi). In 1932-33 he had already served as president of the American Philosophical Association, Western Division. 14), did not contribute to that volume. 13 In James’s words, the same message reads thus: “The ‘absolutely’ true, meaning what no farther experience will ever alter, is that ideal vanishing-point towards which we imagine that all our temporary truths will some day converge. , Boodin delivered a couple of programmatic clarifications. Yet it is important to emphasize that this does not imply a “relapse” to materialism. James’s account of experience as “self-sufficient”. Lovejoy Arthur O., (1920), “Pragmatism Versus the Pragmatist,” in Durant Drake, Arthur O. Lovejoy, James B. Pratt, Arthur K. Rogers, George Santayana, Roy Wood Sellars, & Charles A. We will see later why. Interestingly enough, the dedication of that book reads as follows: “To my friend and teacher William James, not the late but the ever living and inspiring genius of American philosophy, this book is affectionately dedicated.” The five years later published Realistic Universe, then, is dedicated to “my friend and teacher Josiah Royce.” In programmatic terms, Boodin argues in that book for what he now calls “pragmatic energism” (see Boodin 1916, esp. URL: http://journals.openedition.org/ejpap/1547; DOI: https://doi.org/10.4000/ejpap.1547, Universität Tübingenmatthias.neuber[at]uni-tuebingen.de. Sixty-Second Philosopher (Seek to 49:30): Ian Shoales speeds through the origins of pragmatism and its misapprehension throughout American history. However, one of his brothers had settled in Colchester some time before. Only in so far as it intends a world beyond our finite cognitive purposes. Misak 2013). See, in this connection, Kuklick (2001: 202-3). There were many. Maybe the present volume helps to come closer to an answer to that question. “The truth of an idea or plan,” he writes, “must be tested by the procedure to which it leads.”, . Matter is applicable only within a limited field. Not statesmen. ‘Grant an idea or belief to be true,’ it says, ‘what concrete difference will its being true make in anyone’s actual life? Abstract. , vol. It was particularly Sellars who, in his Evolutionary Naturalism, insisted upon the interrelatedness of physical objects, perceiving organisms and their environment.21 Furthermore, the entire functional idea is obviously prefigured in Sellars’s writings. I will briefly describe positivist empiricism, interpretivist constructionism, and critical realism below. Author retains copyright and grants the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. The concluding remarks of this paper are sufficiently explicit: “Personally, I have a decided liking for Professor James, and I am sure that in expressing it I voice the opinion of many. Boodin himself writes at one place: “Whether I had any influence in turning pragmatism into a more realistic direction, I do not know.” (Boodin 1930: 140). When this is accomplished, they drop out; and things are present to the agent in the most naïvely realistic fashion. Among Boodin’s fellow graduate students were the later influential realist philosophers Arthur O. Lovejoy, William Pepperell Montague, Edwin B. Holt, and Ralph Barton Perry. The change meant a change of language, a change of history and tradition. Each school of thought has at least one philosopher who would be considered the forerunner of the school. A certain form of, Ontologically, atoms, according to Boodin, have the status of energy centers: they must be conceived as “more or less stable dynamic clusters within dynamic systems” (, : 83). The Social Mind: Foundations of Social Philosophy. 5 Holt, Montague and Perry all had studied under Royce at Harvard. Boodin John Elof, (1909), “What Pragmatism Is and Is not,” Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, 23, 627-35. Pragmatism is, unsurprisingly, advanced as one means by which the Gordian knot of theoretical dispute can be cut and critical realists have, in recent years, also asserted that as both a philosophy of science and methodology critical realism can coordinate or structure mixed method inquiry. But the paradox, often pointed out by realists themselves, that the object must be both in and out of experience, must remain an absolute mystery so long as we deal with meanings as subjective pictures, inclosed within the magic circle of epiphenomenal consciousness. They make, at the outset, a bifurcation of thing and environment as though they were only externally related. 21 See esp. This becomes particularly clear from Lovejoy’s contribution to the 1920 essay volume. For a comprehensive account of Boodin’s life and work, see Nelson 1984 (on which I primarily draw here). Peirce later described it in his pragmatic maxim: "Consider the practical effects of the objects of your conception. It becomes true, is made true by events. See, in this connection, his extended critique of James’s variant of pragmatism in Carus 1908. We believe that it has its weak points, and it is our intention to publish in the coming number of The Monist a critical discussion of pragmatism as a system of philosophy. Boodin 1916: 3). 12It is a well-known fact that, in the further course of the twentieth century, pragmatism became the predominant philosophical current in the United States (cf. As, on the other hand, Werkmeister makes it particularly clear, Royce’s variant of idealism was by no means the only idealistic statement at that time. : 36). In the preface to that volume, the authors pointed out: Furthermore, they demarcated their understanding of the term “critical” from the, As for the movement’s label, the critical realists were. . Positivism and constructivism are two very different philosophical stances; there is a difference between the core ideas behind each philosophy. Alluding to Einstein’s theory of relativity (without mentioning Einstein himself) Boodin points out that “[w]e know of no absolute position in space or absolute system of relations” (ibid.) Ostwald 1895) energetics (or “energism”) qualifies as an alternative to the materialistic point of view. There is also need for building out the pragmatic theory in neglected directions. Its verity is in fact an event, a process: the process namely of its verifying itself, its veri-, .” (James [1907] 2017: 74). Most people who are in government are pragmatists and therefore politicians. Philosopher-Poet,” Swedish-American Historical Quarterly, 35, 124-50. He obviously knew of Peirce’s 1905 contribution for The Monist (Peirce’s paper had the title “What Pragmatism Is”). Moreover, classical pragmatism had shifted to so-called neo-pragmatism, especially with the appearance of C. I. Lewis’s Mind and the World Order in 1929 (cf. Metaphysics is science, not art.” (1916: xxi). It is at this very point that, according to Boodin, pragmatism and realism coincide. 11In a similar vein, American pragmatism had evolved as an anti-idealistic movement. HomeIssuesXI-1Symposia. Thus “pragmatic” realism should be seen as an independent variant within the realist camp. 17 In his Pragmatism, James explicitly states that „[t]ruth happens to an idea. Regarding the situation in late nineteenth-century American philosophy, it can be said that idealism, especially in the form advocated by Royce, was the prevailing point of view.4 Royce’s Gifford Lectures, delivered at the University of Aberdeen in two series in 1899 and 1900, proved to be particularly impactful. Kuklick Bruce, (2017), “Who Owns Pragmatism?,” Modern Intellectual History, 14, 565-83. The, element primarily pertains to the dynamic aspect of energetically conceived reality. 14 In this case, too, an Editorial Comment was attached. And indeed, it were (among others) some of Royce’s best students who stood at the forefront of a new movement in early twentieth-century American philosophy. The Teaching-Learning Process In Experimentalism and Pragmatism, learning is always considered to be an individual matter . We do not wonder over the disappointment at this lack of novelty of the pragmatic method. “In art,” he maintains, “the selective activity is for the sake of permanent objects of enjoyment; in metaphysics, for the sake of understanding. critical realism. See Wiktionary Terms of Use for details. They postulate things in themselves with properties in themselves. : 606) and therefore to be abandoned. In 1893, he got a position as a lay reader in the Episcopal Church of St. Mark in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he did parish work with other Swedish immigrants. Boodin attempted to tackle this sort of challenge. It was a complete cleavage with my world before eighteen. 10). See Randall 1966. Neuber Matthias, (2002), “Physics Without Pictures? To be sure, the bifurcation of thing and environment figured prominently within the framework of, realism, there is no such bifurcation. John, (1905), “The Realism of Pragmatism,”, Essays in Critical Realism: A Co-Operative Study in the Problem of Knowledge, (eds), (1910), “The Program and First Platform of Six Realists,”, The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, The New Realism: Cooperative Studies in Philosophy, William, (1904), “Does Consciousness Exist?,”, Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking, A Pluralistic Universe. Pihlström Sami, (2010), “Nordic Pragmatism,” European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, 2 (1), 108-20. Their most outstanding contribution was the cooperative volume The New Realism, which appeared in 1912. In the paper, Boodin repudiates both of these two forms. Whether we can realize it or not only the historical outcome of the pragmatic test can prove.” (, In this case, too, an Editorial Comment was attached. Moreover, the little town housed around one hundred Swedish immigrants, which in turn helped Boodin to work for the Episcopal Church during the first few years. In contrast to both idealism and materialism this kind of metaphysics is driven by criticism instead of dogmatism in terms of method. James’s “Does Consciousness Exist?” is a good example in this respect. I was introduced to the group by a friend of mine, the brilliant and human William James, who spent a lifetime trying to provide a framework and who is now at work on some plans for the interior. Chapter III of A Realistic Universe is titled “Pragmatic Energism.” By “energism” Boodin understands a thoroughly realistic interpretation of the concept of energy. John Elof, (1908), “Philosophic Tolerance. Few sociologists would describe themselves as a positivist, interpretivist or realist. ‘Grant an idea or belief to be true,’ it says, ‘what concrete difference will its being true make in anyone’s actual life? 19(1), 83–95 (2012) CrossRef Google Scholar by the assertion that: To be means simply to express, to embody the complete internal meaning of a certain absolute system of ideas, – a system, moreover, which is genuinely implied in the true internal meaning of purpose of every finite idea, however fragmentary.” (Royce 1900, 36). For example, physical properties such as weight, for Boodin, do not exist in the abstract. See, in this connection, Kuklick (2001: 202-3). In general, critical realists hold that knowledge of the world can be gained because there is some sort of reliable correspondence between sensa, or some sort of intuitive data, on the one hand, and external objects on the other. Would Boodin have focused on Sellars’s account of critical realism, his critique, I maintain, would not have worked. Consequently, “we cannot resolve reality, whether conscious or unconscious, into bundles of perception, or into experience of any form, altogether. We do for practical reasons at least. It is, by the way, quite difficult to determine what the distinctive characteristic of “European” pragmatism could be. It is simply the application of the ordinary method of the scientific testing of an hypothesis to philosophic hypotheses as well. At the same time he speaks of “my friend Royce” (1908: 303), mentions the latter’s “absolute idealism” (1908: 300) and suggests that “[i]deals may prove truer than facts”, . Besides idealism, neo-realism, and pragmatism there existed a further influential movement, namely so-called critical realism. At any rate, the emigration to the United States fundamentally changed Boodin’s overall outlook. (Boodin 1911a: 85). Section 4 discusses Boodin’s specific understanding, blending and eventual disentanglement of pragmatist and realist ideas. More generally, “[p]roperties have no meaning for science, except as energy determinations, characteristics within energy systems” (, is “a fundamental characteristic of energy systems” (, of relativity (without mentioning Einstein himself) Boodin points out that “[w]e know of no absolute position in space or absolute system of relations”, and that “[o]ur standards of measurement, whether of energy, time, or space, are all alike pragmatic”, From all this, however, it does not follow that things are “created or ‘faked’” (1916: 70). It will be shown that Boodin’s work underwent a development from a more or less direct form of pragmatism to a certain variant of realism, which Boodin himself called “functional” realism. Furthermore, he participated in the department Philosophy Club. It is a place where everybody has something to do. It should be noted that Ostwald – unlike Boodin – not only rejected materialism, but also atomism. Instead, he published – in the very same year – an article titled “What Pragmatism Is and Is Not” for, The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Method, . Boodin 1916: 3). Summing up thus far, it can be stated that Boodin, when he entered the American philosophical scene, encountered a confusing, if not chaotic, diversity of programs, movements and related -isms. Also his seminal lecture series Pragmatism from 1907 and especially his 1909 monograph A Pluralistic Universe should be seen under this aspect.6 However, it was John Dewey who most firmly stressed the realistic element in pragmatism. His main target in “Functional Realism” is George Santayana’s Skepticism and Animal Faith from 1923 (see Boodin 1934: 149-57). This becomes obvious from his rejection of Kantian “things-in-themselves” (cf. 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