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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Final Report Part 4 of 4 - Melissa Ferguson

Here is a link to part 3 of my report http://cophilosophy.blogspot.com/2014/12/final-report-part-3-of-4-melissa.html
A Conversation Among Philosophers
Part 4
Reality
In a hypothetical time, Pyrrho, Sigmund Freud, Immanuel Kant and Arthur Schopenhauer discuss what reality is and how we perceive it.
Immanuel Kant: Everything we perceive is filtered through rose-colored glasses. This is to say that our reality if filtered by our mind and we only perceive things in that way. It is my belief that we will never have a complete picture of the way things are. Since reality can have more than one part, we will never be able to access the nominal world.
Pyrrho: I agree that we will never know what the nominal world is like. However, I don’t know if we will ever be able to trust our senses enough to know what reality is. How can we determine what is real and what is fake if our senses fail us constantly?
Sigmund Freud: I think we can access the nominal world if we look into our dreams. Our unconscious is released through our dreams. We can figure out true reality in the unconscious.
Arthur Schopenhauer: I think the World as Representation is the construction of reality in our minds. We can get a glimpse of the nominal world through physical actions and the experience of art. We construct our own reality but we must remember that we can access the nominal side of reality with art and music.
The arts are if great value and help us see another side of reality.

The World as Will is a single, unified, directionless force behind everything.

1 comment:

  1. The "nominal world" - noumenal you mean, right? Nominal is closer in meaning to noumenal's opposite, phenomenal.

    But I'd still love to be a fly on the wall at this roundtable!

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