Summer 1947 • Vol. IX No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1947 |

Philosophy Making a Bridge

The Meeting of East and West by F. S. C. Northrop. Macmillan. $6.00 Goethe and Newton once had a quarrel over the nature of color. The dispute was later settled by the realization that they were talking about different things―Goethe about something immediately sensed, Newton about the hypothetical conditions of its occurrence. Though Mr. Northrop does not cite this case or make the solution look so simple, his book describes a similar disagreement and remedy, the main disputants this time being West and East. The author writes under the influence of his teacher Alfred North Whitehead, who for decades has argued that a certain "bifurcation of nature" propounded by John Locke was a major tragedy for subsequent philosophy. It produced theoretical difficulties for philosophical theorists. The argument of this book is strongest in arguing, that the bifurcation is at present catastrophic for western culture, particularly that of our own United States. Let us see what the Loc

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