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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The latter, inspired by Kant’s notion of ‘regulative ideas’, advanced a mature philosophical view that is today seen as an early form of ‘fictionalism. Open Preview See a Problem?
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Journal of Individual Psychology. This, he argues persuasively, is especially true in the case of Kant and Nietzsche, neither of which you can understand unless you place them in relation to each other on this larger map of philosophical positions that converge around “the philosophy of as-if,” which he also calls “fictionalism,” or the view that whatever else our knowledge-constructs may happen to be, what we can most surely say about them, from the vantage point which we, in fact, occupy, is that they are postulates grounded solely in our organismic striving to progressively extend the pattern set by our organismic requirements by re-creating the world in a human form.
History of “Hans Vaihinger” Note: The Myth of Mental Illness. The motivating idea is that, when humans set about to make a decision or pursue some course of action, we simply cannot operate under the assumption that we are causally determined an early version of this thought is found in the so-called ‘Gorgon’ paradox in ancient philosophy.
After his death, and the intellectual sea change that followed the Second World War, Vaihinger’s work received little attention from philosophers.
The Philosophy of ‘as If ‘ by Hans Vaihinger
Why is this article not available in English? Published December 8th by Martino Fine Books first published During phjlosophy own lifetime Vaihinger’s works were generally well received both in Germany and abroad, especially in America. In this view, the fullest lucidity we can have access to as embodied existents is the lucidity to be found when we peer through the pervasive veneer of illusion that shrouds our lives, and gain thereby a liberating detachment from these by seeing them for the first time for what they really are, i.
Because of that, we must assume that we are not causally determined, despite not having any evidence for this. Paperbackpages. The Philosophy of ‘As if’: All depends on making the perhaps pre-theoretical decision as to whether we find the world as essentially vaihonger friend or foe to our human strivings for our progressive organismic realization.
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Vaihinger gives an in-depth history of such concepts, primarily from science and philosophy. The former is an extremely thorough commentary on the first 75 pages of Kant’s central work, including lengthy discussions of other interpretations of Kant.
Previous article Pages 77 – 93 Next article. Mencken was scathing in his criticism of the book, which he dismissed as an unimportant “foot-note to all existing systems”. Thomas rated it it was amazing Jul 26, Epistemology, the philosophical study of the nature, origin, and limits of human knowledge. 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.
Inwood writes that Vaihinger’s theory “involves familiar, though not necessarily insurmountable, difficulties”. 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. Refresh and try again. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. New World Encyclopedia writers and editors rewrote and completed the Wikipedia article in accordance with New World Encyclopedia standards.
Existentialism, any of various philosophies, most influential in continental Europe from about to…. Once you suspend this foundational act of faith and take a very clear look at the nature of the knowledge situation, as well as the human drives that power it, Vaihinger persuasively argues, “the philosophy of as-if” is what is left to our honest perusal.
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Later, he founded a society that would be associated with ov journal, the Kant-Gesellschaft. Chris Bradley rated it liked it Dec 16, Nevertheless, scholars differed widely on how Kant should be understood, and the debates often took highly unpleasant tones.
Want to Read saving…. Midwest Studies in Philosophy vahinger 1: Spirwhich I started immediately to study diligently. For instance, when someone claims that “Sherlock Holmes lived on Baker Street,” they do not mean to be saying that there is an actual person of that name who lives in London. No trivia or quizzes yet. Nonetheless, as a whole, the work is towering and well worth a read. Rather, he concluded hqns humans can employ such ideas to help guide our thought and action.
However, the interest of literary scholars has continued modestly with the publication of some recent “Vaihinger-inflected critical literature”. Views Read Edit View history.
Skeptics have challenged the adequacy or reliability of these claims by asking what principles they are based upon or what they actually establish. Title page of the German edition.
Ana-Maria Deliu rated it it was amazing Apr 06, Email alert Your alert request has been correctly taken into account. When, inhis Philosophy of As If was published in English, the original book was already in its sixth edition.
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Studies in the Theory of Fiction with a New Epilogue. In light of this, Vaihinger founded the journal Kant-Studien with the aim of providing a focal point for Kant scholars to this day, Kant-Studien is the most important philosophical journal for work on Kant. Skepticismin Western philosophy, the attitude of doubting knowledge claims set forth in various areas. He then vaihingr a tutor and later a philosophy professor at the University of Strasbourgbefore moving in to the University of Hnswhere from he was a full professor.