Ways of Knowledge and Experience
Originally published in 1961. This book is a study of some important ways of knowledge and experience and of the symbols through which they become articulate. Both ‘knowledge’ and ‘experience’ are interpreted in wide senses which are sanctioned by common use – though not always by the usage of philosophers and scientists. The four main fields considered are: the arts, religion, moral knowledge, and our knowledge of one another. These fields, though distinguishable, are nevertheless found to be interrelated in subtle and interesting ways, and it is contended that increase of ‘wisdom’, or ‘educated understanding’, can be achieved only through acceptance and assimilation of all their many-sided disciplines into personal insight. The book deals in a new way with questions of perennial interest which, because they are fundamental, are difficult. Nevertheless, the writing is lucid and untechnical and addressed to a wide range of readers.
Preface. Introduction Part 1: Knowledge and Experience of the Arts 1. Knowledge, Symbolization and Art 2. Poetry, Embodiment and Aesthetic Meaning 3. Values, Feeling and Embodiment 4. Musical Meaning, Representation and ‘Truth’ Part 2: Knowledge and Religion 5. ‘Religion’ and Difficulties of Discussion about Religion 6. The ‘Languages’ of Religion 7. Mythology and Religion 8. Christianity and History 9. ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Truth’ in Religion and Theology, and Their Validation Part 3: Moral Knowledge 10. Ethics and Knowledge of the Good 11. The Nature and Knowledge of Right 12. Principles and Rules Part 4: Personal Knowledge 13. The Possibility of Knowledge of Others 14. Variations of Personal Relationships: Friendship and Love 15. Persons and the Unity and Variety of Knowledge