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A Critical Account Of The Philosophy Of Lotze

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. Excerpt from book: Section 373 CHAPTER III THOUGHT AND THE PRELIMINARY PROCESSES OF EXPERIENCE textit{"E have seen how Lotze attributes to feeling on the one side, and to an unconscious psychical mechanism on the other, processes which are generally regarded as belonging to thought. We have now to follow his exposition of the functions which thought is still allowed to retain. There are one or two notable similes which recur in Lotze's writings, and which are very suggestive of his general view of the nature of thought and of the place it fills in our intellectual life. He regards thought as a means to knowledge, and compares it to a " tool" which the mind employs in order to attain it. Now, a "tool" suggests the idea of an artificial contrivance employed to overcome some initial defect or weakness; and although I would not willingly press a metaphor unduly, I believe that ample evidence exists in Lotze's writings to show that he considered thought to have only thissecondary and external use. In other words, he does not regard thought as of the essence of mind, or as constituting the vital element in intelligence. On the contrary, he conceives minds which have no need of employing the processes of thought, and constantly refers to thought as something which derives its necessity and its use from the peculiar character of the human mind, and especially from the peculiar position in the world which man is originally made to occupy. "The forms and laws, since it is textit{man who, by means of them, is to arrive at the truth, must attach themselves to the nature and stand-point of man; and accordingly they must have peculiarities which are comprehensible only from this fact, and not from the nature of the ' Things' which are to be known."1 To understand the " tool" we must consider the workman who is to use it and the material on...


  • : A Critical Account Of The Philosophy Of Lotze
  • : Henry Jones
  • : BiblioLife
  • : 1117090477
  • : 9781117090474
  • : Paperback
  • : 394

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