An Analysis Of Knowledge And Valuation by Clarence Irving Lewis

By Clarence Irving Lewis

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In the emergence of activity this defining and content refining of not necessary; and the Greeks had made such is that the remarkable even though the subsequently to be abandoned. endeavour, own concerned only with the main themes this much new kind of their of human science had 32 The main Greek achievement was to remove explanation of the workings of the world from the realms of religion and magic, and to create rational explanation which was the subject of a a new kind of explanation new kind of enquiry.

These are: the establishment of the heliocentric model of the solar system through Copernicus and Kepler; the development of mechanics, especially in the work of Galileo; and Newton's synthesis of terrestial and celestial dynamics. In addition it is necessary to note the development of the increasing discussion of the nature of the method of science seen in Francis Bacon, Galileo, — Descartes, and Newton. Nicholas Copernicus, as a that the planets stars. solar moved man of his time, was an Aristotelian, accepting system consisted of crystalline spheres upon which the in perfect circles, terminating in the sphere of the fixed His work marked the start of the movement which was to destroy was an outcome which would have horrified him.

The assumed problem is that of understanding the nature of systems thinking and explaining why the Systems Movement, conscious of itself as such, emerged in the middle of this century (Checkland, 1976b). Western civilization is characterized by a particular religion, that of the Judaeo-Christian tradition, by forms of art and crafts which are its own, and by technologies beyond those developed in any previous civilization. Other civilizations have had other religions, other arts, other technologies.

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