By Franz Brentano
Descriptive Psychology represents a sequence of lectures given through Franz Brentano in 1890; they have been the end result of Brentano's paintings and the clearest statements of his mature concept. It used to be this later interval which proved to be so vital within the paintings of his pupil Husserl. this can be the 1st English translation of the paintings. Muller has additional a concise advent which locations Brentano's paintings in the old context of philosophy and psychology. Muller additionally locates Brentano's impression on modern thinkers corresponding to Husserl, Meinoning, Bertrand Russel and the complete Polish tuition of philosophy.
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It is said that, on average, one out of twelve individuals does not see all the colours. But this is inexact, for it varies between different peoples. For many, this figure is too high, while for others (Nordic ones) it is even too low. 6. In any case, there is no general danger. And each individual can easily dispel any doubt as to whether he might belong to this group, and then proceed courageously to the study of psychognosy. 7. And – I must add – should someone realize that he actually suffers from such an elementary limitation, then he should not lose heart and retreat from studying psychognosy.
Spots’. xviii). 19 THE TASK OF PSYCHOGNOSY 5. We have thus found purely distinctional parts in the content – fictitiously taken to be real – of our visual experience [Gesichtsempfindung]. These parts do not appear in a spatial manner side by side, but are tied completely differently, in that they, one might say, penetrate one another. Lightness, quality and spatial particularity. I want to show you now how it would be possible to find further distinctional parts in this fictitious reality [fingierten Wirklichkeit], parts which would be connected by ties that would yet again have a wholly different character.
Yet, even though these parts never occur side by side like the parts of a spatial continuum, many amongst them can in some way be actually separated from one another like the parts of a spatial continuum. The sense in which one of these parts can be actually separated from another one is that the former, having existed earlier as belonging to the same real unit [reale Einheit] as the latter, continues to exist when the latter has ceased to be. (a) [Examples of two-sided/mutual] actual separability: seeing and hearing, parts of seeing and parts of hearing, respectively, to see and to remember having seen.
Descriptive Psychology (International Library of Philosophy) by Franz Brentano