By Herman Tennessen (auth.), Leendert P. Mos (eds.)

This self-discipline has turn into extra reflective in recent times. It has additionally develop into blatantly philosophical, that is itself reason for mirrored image. The philosophy of psychology has now not been precisely a burgeoning box, and but psychologists and philosophers of all persuasions are writing philosophical psychology. possibly all this job in basic terms displays the uneasy bifurcation of psychology into organic and cognitive domain names. in any case, there have been comparable flurries within the Nineteen Twenties and Fifties whilst the self-discipline assumed new instructions. yet, prior to, there have been too many stuff to do; medical realizing appeared so compelling and so singular in technique. at the present time, the full firm is far extra doubtful, and never simply psychology, yet all human medical inquiry. the thrill­ damental questions stay a lot an identical, after all; what has replaced is that philosophers are explicitly addressing questions of psy­ chology and psychologists are a minimum of implicitly engaged in philosophy. The bounderies are not any longer transparent reduce! Theoretical psychology is as a lot the doing of philosophy because it is of experimental learn. quantity four of those Annals attests to this scenario. The psychologists' sort displays their philosophical figuring out; the philosophers range based on what they take to be mental knowledge.

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C. Lechelt (see Lechelt, 1971; Lechelt & Nelson, 1971; Nelson & Lechelt, 1970) which established that under certain definite conditions of observation viewers see more dimes than aluminum blanks when these are of equal number, size, and brightness. Lechelt also found both perceptions to be inaccurate (each 32 Thomas M. Nelson being an underestimation), which indicates that span of attention is a perceptual phenomenon which can be distinguished from physical phenomena. At the same time, he says, the line should not be drawn sharply because there is a strong functional connection between this and other psychological phenomena and conditions of intensity of illuminance, visual angle, and so on.

2. Existentially Delusive Phenomena In 1820 the natural philosopher J. A. F. Plateau became very excited. He had produced a remarkable illusion. His existentially delusive encounter should have shaken his confidence in the accuracy of his visual system to its very foundations. What Plateau had discovered is what today we call visual persistence. Plateau had taken a glowing coal, attached it to a flexible cable, and twirled it. As he twirled it faster and faster, a continuous circle of light began to develop.

However, doubt is a means, not an end. The goal of scientific (and humanistic) research is to understand the world with the help of theories that have stood a number of tests, among them those of observation or experiment. , anthropocentric) as well as contaminated with ideas and expectations. But I disagree with his conclusion that this fact refutes realism and scientism. It refutes only prescientific (naive) realism and the uncritical (hence unscientific) acceptance of every single result of scientific research.

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