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T. F. H. Allen and Thomas B. Starr

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226489544

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226489711.001.0001

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Sirens of Certainty

Sirens of Certainty

(p.83) Chapter Four Sirens of Certainty

T.F.H. Allen

Thomas B. Starr

University of Chicago Press

Sometimes experience feels so convincing we mistakenly imagine it actually is real. Such reification is common in modernist science philosophy, but it usually muddles the ideas in question. Most biological questions are not settled by more data to access the reality of the situation. In the arts and the sciences there are equivalent phases of creativity in the face of filters on and in the world. There is always an observer in an observation, and that necessarily colors the perception. The authors subscribe to a post-modern view.

Keywords:   arts, modernism, observer, post-modernism, reification, science

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