Few great reformations have been original, to any great extent, in their intellectual content. 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. Epistemologically, CR provides principles that can be applied by researchers developing theoretical explanations about phenomena in the world. Lewis Clarence I., (1929), Mind and the World Order: Outline of Theory of Knowledge, New York, Scribner’s. In his view, energy is to be conceived of as an “Urstoff” (1916: 15). 7Boodin published eight books and more than sixty articles for journals, both in the field of theoretical philosophy (which concerns us here) and in the field of practical philosophy. 18 Boodin refers here implicitly to James’s Essays in Radical Empiricism from 1912. Neuber Matthias, (2002), “Physics Without Pictures? At any rate, Boodin starts his article with the following characterization: As Boodin further makes it clear, the pragmatist holds that the truth of a hypothesis stands in close connection to human habit and conduct. 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. Metaphysics is science, not art.” (1916: xxi). As a matter of fact, it was in this context that he personally encountered James for the first time. . Titled “Pragmatism Versus the Pragmatist,” Lovejoy’s paper may be considered as one of the most unrelenting critiques of the pragmatist point of view. We will see later why. We do for practical reasons at least. In that paper, Boodin again, and more explicitly, draws the connection between pragmatism and realism. John E. Boodin will be remembered by the readers of, for his article ‘Philosophic Tolerance’ (April, 1908) in which he supported the pragmatism of Professor James. I have met him repeatedly and have felt the sympathetic charm of his personality. The, ’s editor-in-chief, German-born Paul Carus, stood in close contact to the pragmatists. For one thing, he stressed that Truth and Reality and the present volume “furnish a survey of the field of general philosophy from the point of view of pragmatic realism” (Boodin 1916: vii). is titled “Pragmatic Energism.” By “energism” Boodin understands a thoroughly realistic interpretation of the concept of energy. (Boodin 1916: 389)19. James inquired into Boodin’s background and plans, and nicknamed him “the orator.” He then went on to revise his paper in response to Boodin’s critique. 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. 27The Monist’s editors (most probably Carus) laconically commented upon this claim by raising the following question: “If pragmatism avowedly accepts the scientific method, would it not be better to call it the ‘Philosophy of Science’?” (Editorial Comment to Boodin 1910: 614). However, James’s influence upon them was obviously the trend-setting factor. (Ibid. According to Pihlström, Boodin was of the opinion “that his work and training on his home farm with intimate contact with nature may have made him an ‘empirical realist’” (Pihlström 2010: 6). Idealism had almost disappeared from the scene, and the realist camp had developed into a more diversified form. : 632)13. We will come back to this point in a moment. John Elof, (1908), “Philosophic Tolerance. 47Regarding pragmatism, it is interesting to note that Boodin does not make any mention of it in “Functional Realism.” To be sure, at two places he casually refers to James (1934: 161) and to Dewey (1934: 171). Boodin 1911b: 58) as well as from his focusing on the pragmatic element in knowledge. 32Boodin’s own solution to that problem amounts to the endorsement of contemporary energetics, as it was primarily established in the German-speaking area by thinkers such as Wilhelm Ostwald and Georg Helm.16 On Boodin’s reading, energetics provides us with the essential tools for bridging the gap between “the” subjective and “the” objective. 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). His major contributions to theoretical philosophy are the following: the 1911 book, , Boodin explicitly argues for what he calls “pragmatic realism” (see Boodin 1911a, esp. European PragmatismBetween Pragmatism and Realism. “In art,” he maintains, “the selective activity is for the sake of permanent objects of enjoyment; in metaphysics, for the sake of understanding. It is for this reason that Boodin assumes that things cannot be infinitely divisible. Robert J., (1983), “The Energetics Controversy in Late Nineteenth Century Germany: Helm, Ostwald, and Their Critics,” PhD diss., Yale University. (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. (politics) The theory that political problems should be met with practical solutions rather than ideological ones. In the paper, Boodin repudiates both of these two forms. Inq. 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. Thus one can read in his book, Werkmeister writes in this connection: “James was instrumental in preparing the way for realism. 14Regarding their relation to pragmatism, the critical realists no doubt saw certain affinities. Here at least the artist has the sense of doing something, for in the other temples there is nothing to do but contemplate that which is, whether beauty or desert. from 1923 (see Boodin 1934: 149-57). See Randall 1966. Matter is applicable only within a limited field. The change meant a change of language, a change of history and tradition. Carus 1908; M.N.]. It is all but astonishing that Boodin continues thus: ’s editors (most probably Carus) laconically commented upon this claim by raising the following question: “If pragmatism avowedly accepts the scientific method, would it not be better to call it the ‘Philosophy of Science’?” (Editorial Comment to Boodin 1910: 614). Pragmatism is a philosophical tradition that began in the United States around 1870. 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. 23All of this sounds pretty Jamesian.12 And the same holds true for the following passage (although it could likewise be read before the Peircean background): Is pragmatism realistic? He presented the new version at a subsequent meeting of the Brown Philosophy Club that year. (Boodin 1934: 148). This has been shown by … Professor Boodin has not made use of the invitation, but prefers to offer to the readers of The Monist an exposition of his views without reference to the controversy in question.” (Editorial Comment to Boodin 1910: 614). It is apparent that Boodin seeks some sort of “idealized” as well as “humanized” conception of reality and truth. : 603) and not a “brand of metaphysics” (ibid.). Idealism, on the other hand, would hold that there is strictly only one unity of consciousness and that existence is a function of being part of a significant system. 39From all this, however, it does not follow that things are “created or ‘faked’” (1916: 70). (Drake et al. Accordingly, a fusion of pragmatism and realism seemed to be, among the younger Harvard generation. Let us now make a time jump to 1934. Shook John R., (1998), Pragmatism: An Annotated Bibliography, 1898-1940, Amsterdam, Rodopi. 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. However, as Sellars repeatedly stressed (see, for example, Sellars 1924: 383), there existed two “wings” within the critical realist movement: a metaphysical (“essentialist”) wing, primarily represented by the work of Santayana, and an empirical (“naturalist”) wing, primarily represented by Sellars’s own contributions. 15 of The Monist, published in 1909. Boodin 1911b: 58) as well as from his focusing on the pragmatic element in knowledge. At any rate, Boodin starts his article with the following characterization: In the first place, pragmatism as a doctrine is so simple and so old as a matter of scientific procedure that it is impossible to understand why so much dust should have been raised about it by its opponents. : 606) and therefore to be abandoned. Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement, A digital resources portal for the humanities and social sciences, 4. The Ostwald-Boltzmann Controvery, and Mach’s (Unnoticed) Middle-Way,”. These results cannot be ruled out by any a priori theory as regards infinite divisibility. Maybe his Swedish rural growing up, as it were, predestined him in terms of viewing the world from a primarily realistic point of view. He explicitly analogizes philosophy and. Pragmatism. 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. At one of the Philosophy Club’s meetings, James gave a talk titled “Is Life Worth Living?”. Would Boodin have focused on Sellars’s account of critical realism, his critique, I maintain, would not have worked. […] [H]is critical speech had made a permanent impression. 4 See Randall 1966. It was he who encouraged the younger men in the field to break with tradition, to explore new possibilities and new horizons.” (Werkmeister 1949: 371). 17James’s conception of philosophy stands, according to Boodin, in that very tradition. Sellars Roy Wood, (1908), “Critical Realism and the Time Problem,” The Journal of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Methods, 5, 542-48. and that “[o]ur standards of measurement, whether of energy, time, or space, are all alike pragmatic” (ibid.). Roving Philosophical Report (Seek to 4:46): Lin Gu investigates the difference between pragmatism in China and the United States, asking Americans to define the pragmatism they are known for worldwide. , i.e., six years before Sellars made his claim. Consequently, the Jamesian reduction of truth to verification turns out to be insufficient.17. 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. However, Carus’s own philosophical outlook was that of a Spinozist and a Buddhist (cf. The Teaching-Learning Process In Experimentalism and Pragmatism, learning is always considered to be an individual matter . is, according to Boodin, only a halfway house. But the artists get practice and the temple is first of all a school for artists. Boodin 1916: 3). 34In the preface to his 1916 Realistic Universe, Boodin delivered a couple of programmatic clarifications. 28It was in Volume No. : 629). Thus in an article from 1905, titled “The Realism of Pragmatism,” Dewey points out: Speaking of the matter only for myself, the presuppositions and tendencies of pragmatism are distinctly realistic; not idealistic in any sense in which idealism connotes or is connoted by the theory of knowledge. In contrast to both idealism and materialism this kind of metaphysics is driven by criticism instead of dogmatism in terms of method. , insisted upon the interrelatedness of physical objects, perceiving organisms and their environment. As Sellars makes it clear in his, (1922), the critical realist “is very sympathetic with the position of the pragmatist, albeit he thinks that many pragmatists are too utilitarian and do not value enough, or sufficiently admit, a theoretical interest in knowledge” (Sellars 1922: 55-6). Boodin himself belonged to that very generation, so that it appears more adequate to speak of the “pragmatism of a European-born philosopher” than of Boodin’s “European pragmatism.”, Boodin published eight books and more than sixty articles for journals, both in the field of theoretical philosophy (which concerns us here) and in the field of practical philosophy. Their most outstanding contribution was the cooperative volume The New Realism, which appeared in 1912. Boodin writes: Do we come to a limit in our division where we have to deal with a final natural unity? (Nelson 1984: 137), 3In 1897, Boodin eventually entered Harvard (on a Hopkins scholarship). Just as in the case of Ostwald (cf. , especially in the form advocated by Royce, was the prevailing point of view. It runs on all fours with the perfectly wise man, and with the absolutely complete experience.” (James 2017 : 82). Peirce, for example, published many of his most important papers for. It makes definite and articulate what was only implied before. For him, [p]hysical things possess dynamic capacities. As Nelson points out in his biographical sketch: In 1897, Boodin eventually entered Harvard (on a Hopkins scholarship). In either case the soul is endeavoring to create an objective counterpart to its tendencies or needs, to mirror itself, become conscious of itself. 14), did not contribute to that volume. James William, (1909), A Pluralistic Universe. This part of the essay simplifies matters to some extent by characterizing three of the most influe… Critical Realism vs Idealism. (Ibid. 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. 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. 8 Furthermore, they demarcated their understanding of the term “critical” from the Kantian one by declaring that “the word ‘critical’ has no reference to the Kantian philosophy, which should not be allowed to monopolize that excellent adjective.” (Drake et al. […] The reality we seek to know may ultimately be more experience – yes, we must be willing to have it turn out to be an absolute unity of thought, if the procedure of truth leads that way. 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. It is, by the way, quite difficult to determine what the distinctive characteristic of “European” pragmatism could be. A Winter Revery,” The Monist, 18, 298-306. Laying the focus on what is implied by a realistic – in contrast to an idealistic – point of view, he declares: Leaving out all reference to the metaphysical stuff for the time being, realism means the reference to an object existing beyond the apperceptive unity of momentary individual consciousness, and that this object can make a difference to that consciousness so as to be known. On Boodin’s reading, energetics provides us with the essential tools for bridging the gap between “the” subjective and “the” objective. On the other hand, it should be seen that his entire academic education took place in the United States. 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. See Randall 1966. Chapter III of. In Royce’s opinion, there is no way out of our “absolute system of ideas.” Reality itself is an idea, and it is for this reason that Royce, quite frankly, states: “[W]e propose to answer the question: What is to be? 1920: vi). Whether we can realize it or not only the historical outcome of the pragmatic test can prove.” (Ibid. in pragmatism. Being fascinated by the latter’s academic contributions Boodin became eager to study under James at Harvard. Strong (eds), (1920), Essays in Critical Realism: A Co-Operative Study in the Problem of Knowledge, London, Macmillan. Michael Heidelberger & Friedrich Stadler (eds), History of Philosophy of Science: New Trends and Perspectives, Charles S., (1905), “What Pragmatism Is,”, Present Philosophical Tendencies: A Critical Survey of Naturalism, Idealism, Pragmatism, and Realism, Together With a Synopsis of the Philosophy of William James, John H., (1966), “Josiah Royce and American Idealism,”, Skepticism and Animal Faith: Introduction to a System of Philosophy, Roy Wood, (1908), “Critical Realism and the Time Problem,”, Critical Realism: A Study of the Nature and Conditions of Knowledge. 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 points out: For a comprehensive reconstruction of the energetic world-view, see Deltete 1983. the sort of eclectic fusion to be found in Boodin’s later work. As Nelson points out in his biographical sketch: Though Boodin was awed by James – the very man he had most wanted to meet – he proceeded during the discussion period to ridicule some of the points James had made. Its verity is in fact an event, a process: the process namely of its verifying itself, its veri-, .” (James  2017: 74). 29Apparently, pragmatism stood in need of being defended (or at least of being clarified) against its opponents. For further details, see Werkmeister 1949, chapters 5-9. Reflecting on his own philosophical development, especially on his time at Harvard. 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. Boodin therefore declares: “We must hold to the pragmatic postulate that energy is what it does.”, . Rather, “[t]he thing must suggest an own center of energy” (ibid.). ), on the other. He explicitly analogizes philosophy and art. He obviously knew of Peirce’s 1905 contribution for. The education philosophy can be broken down into four main schools of thought: Idealism, Realism, Pragmatism and Existentialism. On the other hand, the realist aspect as such is undermined, or at least downplayed, by statements such as: “Things are the result of interest and conceptual interpretation.” (Ibid. Accordingly, metaphysics “implies, and furnishes the inspirations of, the special sciences”, . (Ibid.). 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. This plan didn’t work out, but Boodin received a funded scholarship at nearby Brown University. 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. 46Now the striking thing about Boodin’s critique of critical realism is that it is far too selective. 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.) 9 See, in this connection, already Lovejoy 1908; further, for an evaluation, Kuklick 2017. 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). Critical realism was developed most notably in the work of Ram Roy Bhaskar (2007; 2015), who developed it as a comprehensive philosophy of knowledge and being that offers an alternative to both positivism and constructivism, although it is arguably still somewhat dwarfed and/or marginalised by … “Why,” he asks, “should a man’s soul be crowded into one system of philosophy?” (1908: 302). 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. In a small way, this book tries to serve both purposes. Idealism, for example, is based on the early writings of Plato. On the whole, Boodin’s philosophical work fell into oblivion with the death of its author. It was particularly Sellars who, in his. Consequently, “we cannot resolve reality, whether conscious or unconscious, into bundles of perception, or into experience of any form, altogether. The critical realists – philosophers such as Durant Drake, George Santayana, Roy Wood Sellars and the already mentioned Arthur O. Lovejoy – shared the neo-realists’ rejection of idealism. 26It is clearly Royce’s version of idealism to which Boodin is alluding in the last two sentences of that passage. Besides idealism, neo-realism, and pragmatism there existed a further influential movement, namely so-called critical realism. In, he changes this sort of attitude in favor of what might be called a. of metaphysics. 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. Werkmeister writes in this connection: “James was instrumental in preparing the way for realism. 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. […] It is nonsense to speak of an hypothesis, which is our meaning or attitude, as true previous to verification; but previous to verification there exist certain conditions, which make some hypotheses come true.” (Boodin 1911b: 228). The knower and the known are related through certain energetic dependencies. I wish him all possible success and the honor of merited renown. 15 of, , published in 1909. The pragmatic element primarily pertains to the dynamic aspect of energetically conceived reality. In the same year, he was elected to membership in the permanent council of the World Congress of Philosophy. Philosopher-Poet,” Swedish-American Historical Quarterly, 35, 124-50. 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. Boodin does not refer to James’s lecture series in his paper, but he mentions the latter’s “favorite principle of pragmatism” (Boodin 1908: 305). See, in this connection, Kuklick (2001: 202-3). For further details, see Werkmeister 1949, chapters 5-9. 10). Positivism -vs- Pragmatism Is knowledge composed of a correct representation or what works in practice? I hope that for the rest of his life he will remain as buoyant and spirited as he has ever been, and will meet with unlimited recognition. (Ibid.). : 50). […] In the realm of truth, as well as art, man must be the measure, however finite and passing the measure may be. At one of the Philosophy Club’s meetings, James gave a talk titled “Is Life Worth Living?”. In its opening paragraph the following is cla, In 1910, Boodin’s paper “Pragmatic Realism” appeared in Volume No. Boodin died in 1950. Moreover, classical pragmatism had shifted to so-called neo-pragmatism, especially with the appearance of C. I. Lewis’s, is that it is far too selective. 19 It should be noted that Ostwald – unlike Boodin – not only rejected materialism, but also atomism. At that time the editor asked him to make a reply to comments on his views in the editorial article which appeared in the following issue [cf. Pihlström Sami, (2010), “Nordic Pragmatism,” European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, 2 (1), 108-20. It is not the province of metaphysics to dictate to reality what it must be, but to discover its fundamental meaning. Slurink Pouwel, (1996), “Back to Roy Wood Sellars: Why His Evolutionary Naturalism Is Still Worthwile,” Journal of the History of Philosophy, 34, 425-49. 31Just as in “Pragmatic Realism” (which was included as chapter XIV in Truth and Reality), Boodin divorces himself from any metaphysical reading of the realist stance. Our realism is not a physically monistic realism, or a merely logical realism, and escapes the many difficulties which have prevented the general acceptance of the “new” realism. More generally, “[p]roperties have no meaning for science, except as energy determinations, characteristics within energy systems” (ibid. Besides idealism, neo-realism, and pragmatism there existed a further influential movement, namely so-called critical realism. In 1932-33 he had already served as president of the American Philosophical Association, Western Division. This paper explores the philosophical approach of the Swedish-born thinker John Elof Boodin. There, he primarily studied with the American idealist Josiah Royce and came in closer (friendship-like) contact with James. Critical realism: What is it and does it relate to the broader discipline of critical theory? Boodin knew no English when he arrived in Colchester, Illinois, in 1887. Moreover, one might wonder how ‘functional’ realism is related to pragmatism. 16 For a comprehensive reconstruction of the energetic world-view, see Deltete 1983. : 225). The Ostwald-Boltzmann Controvery, and Mach’s (Unnoticed) Middle-Way,” in Michael Heidelberger & Friedrich Stadler (eds), History of Philosophy of Science: New Trends and Perspectives, Dordrecht, Kluwer, 185-98. It is at this very point that, according to Boodin, pragmatism and realism coincide. Nor do physical things have properties in themselves. Most people who are in government are pragmatists and therefore politicians. This becomes particularly clear from Lovejoy’s contribution to the 1920 essay volume. This postulate rests on an antiquated science. 4After his stay at Harvard, Boodin had a couple of academic positions in the United States, culminating with his becoming Faculty Research Lecturer at U.C.L.A. The founder of Pragmatism is Mr. Charles S. Peirce, and its standard bearer, Prof. William James of Harvard. It was he who encouraged the younger men in the field to break with tradition, to explore new possibilities and new horizons.” (Werkmeister 1949: 371). either in spirit or method” (1916: ix-x). Boodin attended the talk. of idealism (and many pre-eminent idealists) in the United States around the 1890s, such as the Hegelian-inspired St. Louis Group around Henry C. Brokmeyer and William Harris, the “personalisms” of Borden Parker Bowne and George H. Howison and several explicitly religious versions of idealism. It “deals with the common and overlapping problems, left over by the special sciences” and it “must ever be present as a regulative ideal in all our search for truth”, Just as in “Pragmatic Realism,” Boodin defines “being” in terms of energetics (cf. 18Boodin is extremely enthusiastic about the prospects of this whole enterprise. Realism is based on the thinking of Aristotle. In the same year, he was elected to membership in the permanent council of the World Congress of Philosophy. 22As Boodin further makes it clear, the pragmatist holds that the truth of a hypothesis stands in close connection to human habit and conduct. Ostwald Wilhelm, (1895), “Die Überwindung des wissenschaftlichen Materialismus,” Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte, 1895, 155-68. 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