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Errors of empiricism 4

from Asad Zaman

Empiricism holds that observations are all that we have. We cannot penetrate through the observations to the hidden reality which generates these observations. Here is a picture which illustrates the empiricist view of the world:

ObservableReality

The wild and complex reality generates signals which we observe using our five senses. The aspects of reality which we can observe are the only things that we can know about reality. The true nature of hidden reality, as it really is, independent of our observations, is unknown and can never be known to us. Influential philosopher Kant calls it the “thing-in-itself”. Noumena is the wild reality, and Phenomena is what we can perceive/observe about the reality. Quote from Encyclopedia Britannica:  read more

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