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By Theodor W. Adorno

This vintage e-book via Theodor W. Adorno anticipates a number of the subject matters that experience in view that turn into universal in modern philosophy: the critique of foundationalism, the illusions of idealism and the top of epistemology. It additionally foreshadows a few of the key rules that have been built by means of Adorno in his most crucial philosophical works, together with Negative Dialectics.

Against Epistemology relies on a manuscript Adorno initially wrote in Oxford in 1934-37 in the course of his first years in exile and for that reason transformed in Frankfurt in 1955-56. The textual content was once written as a critique of Husserl’s phenomenology, however the critique of phenomenology is used because the celebration for a wider critique of epistemology. Adorno defined this as a ‘metacritique’ which blends jointly the research of Husserl’s phenomenology because the so much complex example of the decay of bourgeois idealism with an immanent critique of the tensions and contradictions inner to Husserl’s concept. the result's a strong textual content which is still essentially the most devastating evaluations of Husserl’s paintings ever written and which heralded a few of the principles that experience develop into ordinary in modern philosophy.

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By contrast, an exact law, usually expressed in the language of mathematics, has a precise extension. ''lOO Newton's law of gravitation can again be taken as an example. Although it is well-grounded in fact, in its exact form it represents nothing more than an "ideal possibility" since many other mathematical formulations of that law can be given which fit well within the limits of experimental error. Exact laws make such disciplines as theoretical mechanics, acoustics, and optics possible, but they do not exclude other possible systems of laws.

In fact, both discussions pertain to entirely different levels and dimensions of phenomenological investigation. It is possible to discuss eidetics without considering pure 1 This brief text by Aron Gurwitsch is a commentary on a paper by Henry Margenau entitled "Phenomenology and Physics" that was read at a conference, possibly the American Philosophical Association, in about 1943. It is numbered C 17 in the Gurwitsch Nachlass. Margenau's essay of the same title (Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.

47. SCIENCE IN HUSSERL AND THE TRADITION 31 and its objective correlate, truth, become an idea lying in infinity ... ">9 This position on the relativity of all evidence becomes explicit in Formal and Transcendental Logic, where Husserl openly admits that "The possibility of deception is inherent in the evidence of experience ... This too holds for every evidence, for every 'experience' in the amplified sense. "'110 Thus, with the idealization of the strong foundationalistidea of science, the "absolute" foundations of even the eidetic sciences are delivered from the lingering spirit of dogmatism.

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