Philosophy of as if, the system espoused by Hans Vaihinger in his major philosophical work Die Philosophie des Als Ob (; The Philosophy of “As If”), which. ‘As if’ r\ S.l’stcut of tlrc :rl, Itr’:r.’ti.’ liietiotts.,rl’ I\’l;rnkin.l lly. H . VAIHINGER. ‘fr:rrrslrk’d lry. C. K. OGDEN. NEW YORK. HARCOURT, BRACIi. The Philosophy of ‘as If ‘ has 31 ratings and 3 reviews. Elena said: Vaihinger provides here, I think, the clearest exposition of the thread that runs fr.
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Some restrictions may apply to use of individual images which are separately licensed. And it’s not “just” a re-telling of one under-remembered side of the history of philosophy, which holds a mere theoretical interest. According to the author “many thought processes and thought constructs appear to be consciously false assumptions, which either contradict reality or are even contradictory in themselves, but which are intentionally thus formed in order to overcome difficulties of thought by this artificial deviation, and reach the philpsophy of thought by roundabout ways and by paths.
The Philosophy of ‘As if’: Following Nietzsche, Vaihinger ruefully notes that we do not seek to know the world in itself; this is the foremost illusion of pre-critical epistemologies. We will notify you when this article becomes available vaihingerr English.
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The chief defect of Vaihinger’s monumental work was its failure to lay stress on the linguistic factor in the creation of fictions. If you are interested in having this article translated into English, please enter your email address and you will receive an email alert when this article has been translated.
Kant, whose school Philosoophy belonged to, is given particular attention. Fictionalism is a very different philosophical tradition from pragmatism and has left a highly vibrant legacy in analytical philosophy. In particular, he used examples from the physical sciences, such as protonselectronsand electromagnetic waves. Bentham’s Theory of Fictions. Vaihinger gives an in-depth history of such concepts, primarily from science and philo A comprehensive, meticulous and intellectually engaging master-piece which – at the same time – tended vahinger take its own argument to extremes and also didnt provide within itself a basis for self-criticism.
Frank Kermode ‘s The Sense of an Ending was an early mention of Vaihinger as a useful methodologist of narrativity.
Return to Book Page. None of these phenomena has been observed directly, but science pretends that they exist, and uses observations made on these assumptions to create new and better constructs.
Nonetheless, as a whole, the work is towering and well worth a read. This tendency became painfully obvious when subjects other than science were being discussed.
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Rather, he concluded that humans can employ such ideas to help guide our thought and action. Og 20, Elena Holmgren rated it it was amazing Shelves: Help us improve this article!
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Vaihinger’s is an important history to tell because, I find, this particular side of our philosophical tradition is not often enough appreciated in the neo-positivist and happy-go-lucky because unreflective intellectual climate of today.
Rather, “real fictions” are those that “are not only in contradiction with reality but pjilosophy in themselves; the concept of the atom, for example, or the ‘Ding an sich’. This is because we cannot assume that we are in any way “the measure of all things. You will receive an email when new issues are put online. To cite this article click here for a list of acceptable citing formats. Keep Exploring Od Yoga.