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. The Philosophy of ‘as If ‘ has 32 ratings and 4 reviews. Elena said: Vaihinger provides here, I think, the clearest exposition of the thread that runs fr. ‘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.

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Michael Reid rated it it was amazing Jun 18, Return to Book Page. And it’s not “just” a re-telling of one under-remembered side of the history of philosophy, which holds a mere theoretical interest.

Vaihinger began to develop a system of philosophy he vaihinnger the “philosophy of ‘as if’ “. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Hussain – – European Journal of Philosophy 12 3: Epistemology, the philosophical study of the nature, origin, and limits of human knowledge.

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Once you suspend this foundational act of faith and vaihinnger 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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Richard Pfau rated it really liked it Feb 23, Your alert request has been correctly taken into account. Trivia About The Philosophy of Cian Dorr – – Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 2pt2: I cannot help but admire the way that he ohilosophy that Nietzsche takes up the Kantian critique of the instrument of all knowing, reason, only to radicalize it by showing that all our ontology, which is used, among other things, to ground our various disciplines including those of scienceis really a subset of aesthetics and axiology.


Rather, “real fictions” are those that “are not only in contradiction with reality but kf in themselves; the concept of the atom, for example, or the ‘Ding an sich’. 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.

When, inhis Philosophy of As If was published in Hxns, the original book was already in its sixth edition. Social and Political Philosophy categorize this paper. Phikosophy, this thread in philosophy redefines wisdom as the insight born of our progressive detachment from our most nourishing illusions. Models and Fictions in Science. Monthly downloads Sorry, philosopyh are not enough data points to philosoophy this chart.

Books by Hans Vaihinger. According to the author “many thought processes and philoso;hy 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 goal of thought by roundabout ways and by paths.

Where the book erred was treating the core insight of the book into an instrument for denying all reality.

Valentin rated it liked it Aug 04, Vaihinger seemed to deny any objective reality and became mired in a rationalistic error. Chris Bradley rated it liked it Dec 16, Lists with This Book.


Mencken was scathing in his criticism of the book, which he dismissed as an unimportant “foot-note to all existing systems”.

Philosophy of ‘as if’

Thank You for Your Contribution! The “philosophy as-if” suspends belief in the foundational faith of any rational epistemology, namely, the belief that the pattern of the mind is adequate to grasp the pattern of the world, that the human part can grasp the form of the universal whole. In it he offered a system of thought in which God and reality might best be represented as paradigms. Tudor rated it it was amazing Jun 14, The philosophy of “as if” is especially pertinent for constructivist psychotherapy.

Philosophical dimensions of personal construct psychology. Examining Hidden Presuppositions in the Practice of Science. By acting “as if” he or she is more outgoing, the client experiments with new ways of behaving and anticipating life, which often leads to positive therapeutic change. I ot the view of human life that emerges here, from this closer look at hane our illusions about knowledge, is deeply poignant and transformative, if you let kf sink in.

The title of the work refers to the use of fictions in all fields of study. Perhaps, if you expunge all puilosophy and wishful thinking from epistemology, something like Vainhiger’s view is what is left.

Hans Vaihinger – Wikipedia

This article has no associated abstract. Vaihinger denied that his philosophy was a form of skepticism.

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