Foundations of Knowledge, in Three Parts, by Alexander Thomas Ormond

Foundations of Knowledge, in Three Parts, by Alexander Thomas Ormond

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...XI. CATEGORIES OF THE SUBJECT-CONSCIOUSNESS. THE fact is generally recognized that our knowledge of the world of self is not so clearly definable as is that of the objective world, and this, notwithstanding the fact that we are surer of the existence of self than we are of the existence of an objective world. Things may be illusions, but the self cannot be altogether an illusion. The impossibility of reducing our self-apprehensions to clearly defined terms leads in some instances to a refusal to apply the term knowledge to that which is apprehended only in self-consciousness, and is lacking, therefore, in the definiteness of an objective presentation. Now, while admitting that there is a degree of reasonableness in such a view we are not willing to allow that the position has been well taken. That a fact of which we are so sure as we are of our own self-activity should be denied the name of knowledge seems to indicate that our notion of what constitutes knowledge is in need of reconsideration. But, admitting that there is some difliculty here, it will help to dissipate it, I think, if we consider the question why the content of self-consciousness is not so clearly definable as that of objective perception. The answer will be found partly in the fact that self-apprehension is from the outset a function of a reactive consciousness, and that the self is upon the objective; it is in no sense a reaction upon any subject term that has any analogy to a material object. The self-representation is lacking, therefore, in those features which are most characteristic of objective cognition. The self does not present itself as coloured, or round, or rough, or hard, and for this reason the self-intuition cannot be developed piece by piece as can an...
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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236927532
  • 9781236927538