Morris Lazerowitz
Smith College
Publications 45
Freud explained an illusion as a belief which has its origin primarily in a wish and maintains its hold on the mind through the strength of the wish rather than by virtue of evidence. When a wish is very strong the belief that it is or will be satisfied by the world springs to life and takes the form of a conviction, and any reason, however transparent and feeble, will serve to protect the belief from intellectual scrutiny. The wish may not, of course, be conscious, and it could, and in many cas...
#1Morris Lazerowitz (Smith College)H-Index: 4
#2Alice Ambrose (Smith College)H-Index: 4
#1Morris LazerowitzH-Index: 4
#2Alice AmbroseH-Index: 4
Morris Lazerowitz and Alice Ambrose, in this important book, attempt to uncover and make clear the insights embedded in Wittgenstein's later work that, so far, have not received the critical attention they deserve. These insights, once understood, can have great explanatory power for philosophy and make it possible to look at conventional philosophy with a new understanding. The sixteen original essays presented here, twelve of which have never been published before, discuss Wittgenstein's work ...
In this discussion I wish to present in outline a hypothesis about the nature, or better, the hidden nature, of philosophical utterances, and then go on to an application to a metaphysical-theological claim. The attempt to construct a hypothesis which will bring to light what a philosophical statement comes to, behind the appearance it presents, is justified by the unnoticed but blatant fact that philosophy cannot show a single resolved disagreement. In a discipline which employs reason and argu...
#1Morris LazerowitzH-Index: 4
#2Alice AmbroseH-Index: 4
C.I. Lewis has distinguished between 'explicity analytic' statements, such as 'All cats are necessarily animals', and 'implicitly analytic' statements, such as 'The class of (existent) cats is included in the class of animals', which affirms that something '(which is necessarily true) is actually true'.1 He uses this distinction to justify holding that implicitly analytic statements, which are nevertheless 'genuinely analytic'2 , might be established by a procedure comparable to that used to inf...