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A Path to a Conception of Symbolic Truth

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Małgorzata Czarnocka

This book deals with correspondence truth, and offers an explanation of correspondence as a symbolization of reality. The author analyses those basic elements of known correspondence truth theories which are the cause of their inadequacy. She focuses on the theories which try to modify the strongest classical theories and shows that these theories are unable to free themselves from seeing correspondence as copying (mirroring). The book presents a «symbolic» correspondence truth theory claiming that correspondence is a specific kind of symbolisation in a Cassirer-close sense, and correspondence truth is neither a copy, nor any other imitation of reality, but its symbol.

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Chapter 8 An Analysis of Perception

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8.1  The Categories of Sensuous Experience

Approaching sensuous experience for my specific purpose — to reveal the correspondence relation — will require the selection of an adequate conceptual framework from the concepts that exist, or proposing a new one. It is a well-known fact that the conceptual forming of inquiries into perception is crucial as it determines what is to be investigated with regard to the content and image of perception. In other words, one must first select the type of perception conception which promises the most complete disclosure of the correspondence relation constituted in perceiving.

The first basic category here is the classical category of sense data, for a long time considered key in explaining perception. The broadly grasped concept of sense datum appeared earlier than the term “sense datum”— it can be argued that the very idea of sense datum has been present in the perception conceptions of the English modern empiricists.

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