Process Foundationalism

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Contrary to Richard Rorty, I argue that foundationalism is possible.

Richard Rorty asserts that foundationalism is impossible.In other words, he says that there is no linguistic foundation that does not produce a circular argument.However, Rorty fails to take into account that there is another type of foundationalism, which is,  Process Foundationalism.  Process Foundationalism is based upon the Cognitional Process Structure discussed in the work of Jesuit Philosopher, Bernard Lonergan, and found as early as the roman classical philosopher, Plotinus.  Lonergan states that we know reality best through the related cognitive processes of,  Experience,  Understanging,  Judgment,andReflection.Plotinus limits his discussion to,  Experience, Understanding, and Judgment. 

On the level of Experience, we take in internal experience as well as outer oriented sense experience.  On the level of Understanding, we ask questions such as,  who?  what? why? how? where? and why?We also categorize and then compare and contrast the data of experiece.  Finally, on the level of Judgment, the knower asks himself if his understanding is closely analogous to his experience, thus enabling the know to make a probable judgment of fact.All Rorty does is discuss primarily understanding and does not go on to discuss Judgment.


Submitted: April 14, 2016

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