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  • Title: Truth and Knowledge: Cover Sheet
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    • Translated from the German by Rita Stebbing
  • Title: Truth and Knowledge: Bibliographical Note
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    • Collison. This was based on the first German edition of 1894.
    • When the revised and enlarged German edition appeared in 1918, the same
    • A revised and amended edition of the 1921 version with preface by Hermann
  • Title: Truth and Knowledge: Preface
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    • would be wrong to belittle this man's lasting contributions toward the
    • development of German philosophy and science. But the time has come to
    • this is the case. It is an instinctive urge, inseparable from human
    • opposed by the German philosophy which followed.
    • accessible to human reason. Even Schopenhauer, though he maintained
    • the human spirit, created by an activity which is free; this product
    • reality. Thus man's highest activity, his spiritual creativeness, is
    • activity. Man is not a passive onlooker in relation to evolution,
    • “categorical imperative,” an external power whose commandments
    • philosophical work of our time, the world-view of Eduard von Hartmann.
    • human existence. He who does not consider this to be his ultimate goal,
    • the significance of its results for humanity. It is my aim to
    • have been developed over many years. And it is with a
    • shape of many thoughts now to be found in my
  • Title: Truth and Knowledge: Introduction
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    • J. Baumann, Philosophie als Orientierung über die Welt
    • Julius Bergmann, Sein und Erkennen, usw., (Existence and
    • A. E. Biedermann, Christliche Dogmatik (Christian
    • A. Dorner, Das menschliche Erkennen usw., (Human
    • B. Erdmann, Kants Kriticismus in der esten und zweiten
    • Recent Philosophy), Mannheim, 1860, especially the
    • E. v. Hartmann, Kritische Grundlegung des
    • ________, J. H. v. Kirchmanns erkenntnistheoretischer Realismus,
    • (J. H. v. Kirchmann's Cognitional-Theoretical Realism),
    • G. Heymans, Die Gesetze und Elemente des
    • Philosophy of the Scotsman, Thomas Reid), Munich, 1890.
    • M. Kauffmann, Fundamente der Erkenntnistheorie und
    • J. H. v. Kirchmann, Die Lehre vom Wissen als Einleitung
    • O. Liebmann, Kant und die Epigonen, (Kant and the
    • German translation, Braunschweig, 1849.
    • (Inquiry into the Human Mind for the Principles of
    • Common Sense), 1764; German translation, Leipzig,
    • H. Vaihinger, Hartmann, Dühring, Lange, Iserlohn, 1876.
    • J. Volkelt, Immanuel Kants Erkenntnistheorie, usw.,
    • (Immanuel Kant's Theory of Cognition, etc.), Hamburg,
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  • Title: Truth and Knowledge: i. Preliminary Remarks
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    • possible, about man's faculty of knowledge. This is generally
    • gland in the human brain, as long as the emphasis was on its purpose!
    • inquiry began as to whether, in man, it might be merely a remnant from
    • a lower level of evolution. Another example: how many physical
  • Title: Truth and Knowledge: ii. Kant's Basic Epistemological Question
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    • demands that these judgments must be acquired a priori, i.e.,
    • Otto Liebmann
    • Robert Zimmermann,
    • constituted in such and such a manner, but not that it could not
    • O. Liebmann,
    • Ed. v. Hartmann
  • Title: Truth and Knowledge: iii. Epistemology Since Kant
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    • Eduard von Hartmann
    • Eduard von Hartmann did attempt to provide a foundation for this view.
    • Otto Liebmann
    • (Rehmke) etc. Kirchmann starts from two epistemological axioms: “the
    • and comprehensively summarized in Part I of Eduard von Hartmann's
    • characteristic manner which is conditioned by its structure, so that
    • external world, namely motion, and that the many aspects of the world
    • physiology aims to investigate the processes that occur in man's body
    • up by Hartmann in the following words:
    • realism” Hartmann adds further objections which he describes as
    • our own soul-activity. Hartmann says: “Thus all that the subject
    • right one? That is Hartmann's approach when he believes his
    • furthermore, one may express this inner life in a naive manner rather
    • subjective activity of man: cognition, and it wishes to demonstrate
    • what many thinkers, inclined more toward the practical doing of
  • Title: Truth and Knowledge: iv. The Starting Point of Epistemology
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    • something brought into existence by man, something that has arisen
    • cognition, so that the very next step man takes beyond it is the
    • i.e. that picture of the world which presents itself to man before he
    • If a being with a fully developed human intelligence were suddenly
    • practice, man never encounters this world-picture in this form at any
    • starting point for a theory of knowledge. Hartmann says for example:
    • lowest level of life, since the philosophizing human being has no
    • of man's consciousness when he begins philosophical reflection.”
    • coincide with any stage of human development; the boundary must be
    • world-picture as it appears when completed by man, that other
    • must manifest. Such a decree in no way infringes on the quality of the
    • Let us now take a closer look at this demand. Where, within the
    • man, because it is said that all thinking refers only to objects and
  • Title: Truth and Knowledge: v. Cognition and Reality
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    • try again. All knowledge depends on man's establishing a correct
    • There is no doubt that many of our attempts to grasp things by means
  • Title: Truth and Knowledge: vi. Epistemology Free of Assumptions and Fichtes Science of Knowledge
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    • this idea is directly given in human consciousness. Both outer and
    • given are united within human consciousness to form full reality, and
    • But in human consciousness the situation is different. Here the union
    • science, is built up in the same manner in which all possible
    • general manner of acting of the intelligence. ... By means of this
    • inclinations to present the freedom of the human personality in the clearest
    • fundamental principle of human knowledge. It cannot be proven nor
    • you and turn it toward your inner being — this is the first demand that
    • direction, not as merely postulating existence, but revealing many
    • which a new world is revealed which does not exist for the ordinary man at
    • manifest, be it the relation of the sun to the stone it warms, or the
  • Title: Truth and Knowledge: vii. Epistemological Conclusion
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    • significance for all human knowledge. The theory of knowledge alone
    • A. E. Biedermann.
    • But to establish his standpoint, Biedermann uses concepts
    • theory of knowledge. Admittedly, much of what Biedermann maintains is
    • has thus arisen. Biedermann seeks to attain an epistemological
  • Title: Truth and Knowledge: viii. Practical Conclusion
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    • universe shines forth in human cognition.
    • It is part of man's task to bring into the sphere of apparent reality
    • To recognize this law in the sphere of human conduct is simply a
    • free sphere. Only insofar as man is able to live in this
    • of every individual's development, as well as the task of mankind as a whole.
    • The most important problem of all human thinking is: to understand man

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