Empirical Propositions and Hypothetical Statements
Berlin (Isaiah)
Source: Swartz - Perceiving, Sensing, and Knowing: A Book of 20th Century Sources in Philosophy of Perception
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  1. This is a discussion of "phenomenalism."
  2. It is the author's contention that "if phenomenalism is dead, the memory of it still haunts the writings of modern discussions of the nature of the external word to a surprising degree."
  3. The author further argues
    1. against the phenomenalist analysis of common-sense statements leaves open the question of whether the information provided by the exact sciences such as physics can be translated without loss into phenomenalist terms, and
    2. whatever its defects, they are fatal; its continued presence does more harm than good.
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