By Walter Benesch
This unique and obtainable textual content is greater than an creation to comparative philosophy within the East and West. it's also a advisor to 'philosophizing' as a pondering procedure. as well as outlining the presuppositions of alternative traditions, it discusses their equipment and strategies for reasoning in what the writer calls 4 dimensions of 'philosophical space': item, topic, the situational and the aspective/perspective measurement.
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There are two theorems that form together the cardinal hinge on which the whole structure of physical science turns. These theorems are: (1) There is a real outer world which exists independently of our act of knowing, and, (2) The real outer world is not directly knowable. To a certain degree these two statements are mutually contradictory. I3 The Object Dimension: Assumptions 39 In the late nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, this real/apparent dichotomy is often expressed in terms of the simple and the complex, the chaotic and the orderly or determined.
This means, of course, that more will be left out than is included, but I feel the economy gained in understanding is worth the sacrifice. 1. THE OBJECT DIMENSION. This dimension rests upon the assumption that thoughts and statements originate in contact with, or are about things jn physical space. In this dimension, an external, object world is the source of sense experience and of the abstractions from sense experience that we call knowledge. In his version of this process, John Locke claimed that 'The senses at first let in particular ideas and furnish the yet empty cabinet ...
3. THE SITUATIONAL DIMENSION. This dimension rests upon the assumption that the experiences of objects by subjects always occurs in situations at times and in places. Thoughts and statements reflect the encounters of subjects and objects in situations under certain conditions here and now. These are retained and organized in memories which then define and influence recognition in future situations. The present is always a situation with the past as a situational element in it for it is the here and now in which we claim to know there and then.
An Introduction to Comparative Philosophy: A Travel Guide to Philosophical Space by Walter Benesch