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Single Idea 21580

[catalogued under 11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 1. Perceptual Realism / c. Representative realism]

Full Idea

Men of science condemn immediate data as 'merely subjective', while maintaining the truths of physics from those data. ...The only justification possible for this must be one which exhibits matter as a logical construction from sense-data.

Gist of Idea

Science condemns sense-data and accepts matter, but a logical construction must link them


Bertrand Russell (Our Knowledge of the External World [1914], 4)

A Reaction

Since we blatantly aren't doing logic when we stare out of the window, this aspires to finding something like the 'logical form' of perception.

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Our Knowledge of the External World' [Routledge 1993], p.106