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The Architectonics of Meaning

Foundations of the New Pluralism

The Architectonics of Meaning is a lucid demonstration of the purposes, methods, and implications of philosophical semantics that both supports and builds on Richard McKeon’s and other noted pluralists’ convictions that multiple philosophical approaches are viable. Watson ingeniously explores ways to systematize these approaches, and the result is a well-structured instrument for understanding texts. This book exemplifies both general and particular aspects of systematic pluralism, reorienting our understanding of the realms of knowing, doing, and making.

226 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1985, 1993

Rhetoric and Communication

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1993 Edition
Preface
I. Archic Variables
1. Philosophic Diversity
2. Ontic, Epistemic, and Semantic Epochs
3. Reciprocal Priority
4. The Problem of Archic Variables
II. Perspective
1. Personal Perspectives
2. Objective Perspectives
3. Diaphanic Perspectives
4. Disciplinary Perspectives
III. Reality
1. Existential Realities
2. Substrative Realities
3. Noumenal Realities
4. Essential Realities
IV. Method
1. Agnostic Methods
2. Logistic Methods
3. Dialectical Methods
4. Problematic Methods
V. Principle
1. Creative Principles
2. Elemental Principles
3. Comprehensive Principles
4. Reflexive Principles
VI. Archic Analysis
1. The Archic Matrix
2. Interpretation of Texts and of the World
3. Historical Interaction of Archic Modes
4. The Progress of Awareness
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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