Objects and Subjects

Bryan Magee

in The Philosophy of Schopenhauer

Published in print August 1997 | ISBN: 9780198237228
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191706233 | DOI:
Objects and Subjects

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Empirical reality presents itself to us as experience, and this can take only such forms as can be mediated by whatever equipment we possess, including our own bodies. Thus there has to be a detailed correlation between our powers of apprehension and reality as we perceive it. So subject and object are interdependent: neither could exist as we apprehend them if the other did not also exist. Pure subject without an object and pure object without a subject are both metaphysical concepts, to which nothing could correspond in the empirical world.

Keywords: empirical reality; experience; metaphysics; object; Schopenhauer; subject

Chapter.  7085 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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