Introduction To Realistic Philosophy John Wild Analysis

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In his publication, Introduction to Realistic Philosophy, John Wild unravels the social order of human life. The foundation of social order is constructed by arguing how human social interactions differ from any other living organism. Humans and mammals (closest biological ancestor) are both social by nature. Humans need others to mature mentally and physically. We gravitate toward others (friends, family, romantic relationships). Mammals like buffalo travel in herds across the great plains. However, humans willingly, wittingly, and freely join a social grouping. Additionally, humans are aware they are in a group attempting to achieve a common goal and each member is held to each other and the group by an implicit or explicit covenant. An implicit covenant has an “always and forever” clause to its promise. For example, say I was instructed to bring the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, and I arrived very late, causing the whole family to wait to eat. There would definitely be some angry looks and comments directed at me, but because I am family I would eventually be forgiven for what I did. An explicit covenant is a contract or legal arrangement like that between a corporation and a supplier in a business venture. Human societies can be divided into a natural or conventional society. A natural society functions …show more content…
Wild claims one should sacrifice their own private life plan for the greater common good. A college student choosing to help their grandparents over class recess instead of traveling to the Western United States is an example of this claim carried out. This problem is resolved when a single, immaterial idea is shared by many minds in the society. Group life is made possible by the rational nature of man. Consequently, the group becomes a diverse set of persons performing individual activities unified by their shared logical common

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