John Wild: From Realism to Phenomenology
John Wild (1902-1972) was a leading American philosopher noted for his work in existentialism and phenomenology, modes of thought that focus on human consciousness and subjectivity. He made a transition to existential phenomenology after being a major proponent of realism, as well as president of the Association for Realistic Philosophy in 1949. By examining Wild's philosophical development from realism and its search for objective truth to phenomenology, the author concludes that Wild brings realistic concerns to his analysis of existential phenomenology. Moreover, Dr. Kaufman argues that Wild's realistic version of existential phenomenology becomes problematic when Wild strives to establish metaphysical conclusions about the nature of the world and Divine Transcendence from a phenomenological analysis of human existence as lived from within. The analysis of Wild's wide-ranging philosophy raises important issues in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion.
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WILDS THEORY OF MAN
WILDS THEORY OF VALUE
WILDS THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE
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absolute nature abstract according to Wild apprehend Aristotle aspects awareness basic Berkeley Berkeley's body causal cognition conceived consciousness direct realism distinct Divine Transcendence dualism Emmanuel Levinas entities epistemological ethics exis existential argument existential phenomenology external fact faculty finite formal George Berkeley Hence horizon human existence human experience human freedom human nature Husserl hylomorphism Ibid immaterial independent individual intellect intentional interpretation Introduction to Realistic John Wild knowledge Lebenswelt life-world lived experience man's metaphysical mind mind-body problem mode monism natural law noetic identity normative object ontological person perspective phenomenological phase physical precisely problem radical empiricism rational realistic phase Realistic Philosophy reality refers relation sensation sense sensory species striving subjectivism tence term things tion understand unity universal value theory versions Wild argues Wild claims Wild defines Wild maintains Wild means Wild's argument Wild's conception Wild's emphasis Wild's realistic Wild's theory Wild's thought