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Philosophical consequences

Stig Stenholm

in The Quest for Reality

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603589
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729270 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603589.003.0008
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We return to the issue of pragmatism and its relevance to modern physics. It is argued that Husserl's Phenomenology is the last attempt of nineteenth‐century thinking to impose conventional order on the realm of philosophy and its manifestations in our empirical picture of reality. This chapter argues that this enterprise failed, and after this the European continental philosophers confined themselves to the world of human life and its written products. Thus existentialists have given up the attempt to understand and control the real environment. This separates them unequivocally from the philosophy of science in any of its possible forms.

Keywords: pragmatism; phenomenology; Husserl; existentialism; separation of existentialism from science

Chapter.  3616 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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