A Celebration of Subjective Thought by James A. Diefenbeck

By James A. Diefenbeck

Seeing aim inspiration as passive (guided and regulated by way of approved philosophies and data), Diefenbeck seeks to increase a idea of idea or of cause “appropriate to the topic as an lively agent or first cause.” His procedure may light up and render more advantageous the production of values that advisor lives.


George Kimball Plochmann in his foreword describes the publication as “a sus­tained inquiry into the nature of data, one trying to turn out that our unique cognitive allegiance to the so-called goal sciences is lost, now not loads simply because they're defective intimately or poor in humanitarian feel­ing, as simply because they can not benefit from the epistemological help that they might require have been they allowed the hegemony over different branches of cognition that's generally accorded them.”


Diefenbeck wouldn't smash objec­tive wisdom, yet could permit each one philosophy to confront subjective phi­losophy and from the result of that war of words construct a greater approach of values.

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The general concepts which relate these particulars do not come directly from the mind, but are based on observation. The problem of how long the apple will remain red cannot be answered by appeal to any nonempirically derived definition of either the ideal apple or redness.  Only an empirical or observational method can bring us knowledge of a permanent form enabling us to predict the future relationship among changing perceptions.  In this regard, Aristotle rather than Plato apprehends the essential form of connection that is necessary for a knowledge of nature.

In such a situation, we can either adopt a belief in total predictability or reject it, but both positions are uncritical because neither can be established by definitive evidence.  For our ability to answer this question in a definitive way, we are indebted to the thought of Kant.  And because it is a mode of thought which we have initiated, we can examine it to discover both its nature and its possible limitations.  The deduction of the categories means the analysis of this immediate imaginative activity so as to formulate the conceptual principles which it is following instinctively without being self­consciously aware of these principles, as a man speaking a language follows rules of grammar without thereby necessarily knowing or being able to state these principles.

And because it is a mode of thought which we have initiated, we can examine it to discover both its nature and its possible limitations.  The deduction of the categories means the analysis of this immediate imaginative activity so as to formulate the conceptual principles which it is following instinctively without being self­consciously aware of these principles, as a man speaking a language follows rules of grammar without thereby necessarily knowing or being able to state these principles.  Kant, of course, believes that the imagination in all men works in the same way, and that there is only one mode of connecting our intuitions of nature.

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