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Single Idea 23231

[catalogued under 12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 6. Inference in Perception]

Full Idea

Immediately I know only of myself. What I am able to know beyond that I am only able to know through inference.

Gist of Idea

I immediately know myself, and anything beyond that is an inference


Johann Fichte (The Vocation of Man [1800], 1)

Book Reference

Fichte,Johann G.: 'The Vocation of Man', ed/tr. Preuss,Peter [Hackett 1987], p.14

A Reaction

A direct descendant of the Cartesian Cogito, I assume. Personally, if I bang my head on a beam I take the beam to be a full paid-up member of reality. Is it not possible that he also knows himself through inference? Do animals infer reality?