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Single Idea 22356

[catalogued under 2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 5. Objectivity]

Full Idea

Sense experience is necessarily perspectival, so to the extent to which scientific theories are to track the absolute conception [of reality], they must describe a world different from sense experience.

Gist of Idea

An absolute scientific picture of reality must not involve sense experience, which is perspectival


Reiss,J/Spreger,J (Scientific Objectivity [2014], 2.3)

Book Reference

'Stanford Online Encyclopaedia of Philosophy', ed/tr. Stanford University [], p.5

A Reaction

This is a beautifully simple and interesting point. Even when you are looking at a tree, to grasp its full reality you probably need to close your eyes (which is bad news for artists).

Related Idea

Idea 22355 In the realist view, the real external world explains how it (and perceptions of it) are possible [Williams,B]