Avenarius and the Standpoint of Pure Experience, Vol. 10 (Classic Reprint)


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This effort to appreciate experience in an undistorted way, to take it as it comes, not checking the coming by asking metaphysical questions, but simply trying to see what comes, is what concerns the first section of the essay. As the duty of squaring myself with idealism looms in the background, it is the independent outer world aspect of experience that interests me most. The thesis of my first section is that naive realism is a perfectly correct description of experience as such, but that this does not make it a true meta physical theory of existence. It may be true and it may not.

As experience we have the world with all its empirical detail. It interests us and we want to know about it. We can feel two kinds of curiosity about the world. We can, on the one hand, wish to become better and better acquainted with its empirical character, or we can conceive it as a whole and ask what is the cause or ground or nature of the whole in view of which we shall interpret and comprehend the parts that come within our ken. The first type of interest desires description of experience, the second desires an ex planation of experience, and the second and third sections of the paper are entitled, respectively, 'the Description of Experience' and 'the Explanation of Experience.'

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - Wendell T. Bush


Published Date - August 27 2019

ISBN - 9780260404480

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.8 cm

Page Count - 85

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