Philosophy; What Is It?

Philosophy; What Is It?

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...but nobody can possibly know whether there are or what they are. And that conclusion is the logical result of the supposition which the Sensationalist invited us to make, viz., that there are such things as sensations, loose and separate sensations, all by themselves. We were invited to make that supposition on the ground that, if only we would admit it, then it would be possible to explain the meaning of experience and what good it all is. And now we find that, so far from explaining our experience, this supposition leads us to the conclusion that if there are persons who have experience, and if there are things of which they have experience, it is impossible to know who or what they are. The truth, of course, is that sensations exist--but not all by themselves, loose and separate. There is no such thing as a toothache, loose and separate, all by itself, floating about in space, with nobody to feel it. If nobody has the toothache, there will be no toothache in existence. If nobody feels anything, there will be no sensation at all. So, too, if there are no things to have experience of, nobody can have experience of them, and there will be no experience at all. And if there is nobody to have any sensations, nobody to have any experience, there will be no experience and no sensations at all. But the point we have started from all along is that there is experience, and that what philosophy has to do is to inquire whether experience has any meaning--what it all comes to--and what is the good of it all. Plainly, then, if there is experience there must be some one who has the experience--the subject of experience--and there must be something which he experiences--the object of experience. They are the two sides of the curve, the inside and the outside, ..
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  • English
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