Franz Brentano’s Analysis of Truth by Jan J.T. Srzednicki

By Jan J.T. Srzednicki

Franz Brentano 1 was once an enormous thinker, yet for a very long time his value used to be under-estimated. not less than within the English talking international locations, he got here to be remembered most sensible because the initiator of a philoso­ phical place which he actually deserted for solid and adequate 2 purposes. His final and most crucial contributions handed nearly neglected. Even this sort of well-informed and well-prepared e-book as Passmore's IOO Years of Philosophy (Duckworth, I957), is open to an analogous remark; Passmore focused his realization at the early Brentano, simply because he appeared his impact at the British philo­ sophical scene as being constrained to Brentano's early paintings. Brentano's students, e. g. , Husserl, Meinong, Marty and Twardowski, have been frequently influential and, usually adequate, they departed from the stern universal­ feel and advisedly wary perspective in their nice instructor. therefore even at the continent, the general public snapshot of Brentano tended to be incomplete (and occasionally distorted), outdoors the narrower circle of students, fans, and folks with distinct curiosity. This, or pretty much this, was once nonetheless the case in I955, while my contacts with the fans of Twardowski made me flip in the direction of the research of Brentano. on the grounds that then there was a enjoyable revival of curiosity in his paintings. His early e-book on Aristotle was once reprinted in German and of his major positions, Psychologie and Wahrheit und Evidenz, are showing in English translations. Translations into different languages, e. g.

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Calling it an accompanying existence solves nothing; it amounts to giving the problem a name to serve as its solution. I am not conscious of the change of object when the rain I am thinking of now, ceases to fall. Perhaps it is unlikely that I should be conscious of it. But then what are the positive reasons, other than mere theoretical convenience, for saying that such change takes place at all. The mere theoretical convenience, however, smacks unpleasantly of the mad dance with ideas. , "There are no unicorns" and the concrete world in which there are no unicorns.

Feeling is not perhaps the best word; it would appear that at each stage of his development Brentano, besides being explicit about some features of his problem, was already working towards further insight. He seemed to be sufficiently aware of this not to ride roughshod over the subtle tell-tale points. One is tempted to say that in this rather indirect way, Brentano had some awareness of most of the important philosophical points in the field in which he was working, even if he was not explicitly aware of them.

92: "According to me, all that is indicated in those cases is a linguistic usage. " These quotations make it quite clear that Brentano has not distinguished properly between logical and psychological points. And for this reason he conceives the psychological as the basis of the logical. The distinctions that need to be stressed in this connection are the distinctions between laws of nature, normative laws and laws of logic. The implications of this confusion are taken quite far and affect Brentano's conception of the nature, and of mutual relations between, humanistic disciplines.

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