• Henry Pietersma
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 26)


So you want from me a self-presentation? Well, I am a philosophical realist, a real old-fashioned, sixteenth-seventeenth century realist. (Should I use a capital R when I write ‘realism’?) Yes, I am old-fashioned. I believe in such unbelievables as truths-in-themselves, many of which are nonetheless perfectly well known by human beings like me. I believe in absurdities like knowers who do not get involved, physically, carnally, or hermeneutically, with what they know, but stand outside the world they know. I find the hermeneutic circle neither as disturbing nor as vicious as a ratiocinative circle. I believe that there is a real world beyond our interpretations or conceptual schemes. I do not believe that everything we bring with us in our efforts at knowing that world necessarily distorts our view of it. As you can see already, I am from another age, an age before that of Kant and Hegel, not to mention Husserl and Heidegger. To be sure, I do not dress the way folks dressed at that time; I am, in fact, a bit sensitive to the new fashions as they come along.


Hermeneutic Circle Cognitive Access Metaphysical Status Radical Skepticism Cognitive Subject 
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