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Single Idea 21219

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 8. Scientific Essentialism / d. Knowing essences]

Full Idea

Eidetic Reduction consists of producing variations in the individual object until we see what is invariable in it. What is invariable is its essence or Eidos.

Gist of Idea

Find the essence by varying an object, so see what remains invariable


Victor Velarde-Mayol (On Husserl [2000], 3.2.2)

A Reaction

This strikes me as an excellent idea. It more or less describes the method of science. Chemical atoms were thought to be unsplittable, until someone tried a new variation for dealing with them.

Book Reference

Velarde-Mayol,Victor: 'On Husserl' [Wadsworth 2000], p.45