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Observation apprises us of what is, but not of what must be. It therefore does not apprise us of logical norms or of relations of logical dependence. In addition, the transformation of sensory information (pictorial) information into propositional (conceptual, non-pictorial) information presupposes knowledge of how to convert information of one kind into information of some other kind, and it therefore presupposes knowledge of logical equivalencies. Thus, not all knowledge is derived from sense-perception, even after allowances are made for the distinction between knowledge-like, but not genuinely knowledge-mediating, cognitive structures, on the one hand, and genuine knowledge, on the other. A philosophical justification is provided for Freud's profound insights, in Chapter VII of the Interpretation of Dreams, concerning the limits of iconic ideation. Wittgenstein's so-called "Picture-Theory" of language is examined.

©2016 J.-M. Kuczynski (P)2016 J.-M. Kuczynski

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a perfect book

If you could sum up Empiricism and Its Limits in three words, what would they be?

absolutely completely wonderful

What other book might you compare Empiricism and Its Limits to and why?

epistemology by kuczynski

Which scene was your favorite?

the discussion of the interpretation of dreams

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the discussion of berkeley

Any additional comments?

it was jolly good!

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Whitlow's best so far

What did you love best about Empiricism and Its Limits?

the depth and clarity

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I like Whitlow, but this is hands down his best work

Have you listened to any of Randy Whitlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is his best.

If you could give Empiricism and Its Limits a new subtitle, what would it be?

Beyond the senses

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unfathomably good, whitlow's best

What made the experience of listening to Empiricism and Its Limits the most enjoyable?

i love the guy's country accent, how it contrasts with kuczynski urbane sophistication. you'd think it would be a bad match, but it's a good match. like one of those cop shows.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Empiricism and Its Limits?

the discussion of logical relations, how they couldn't be expressed as images.

Which character – as performed by Randy Whitlow – was your favorite?

i like it when he's discussing wittenstein

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

that relations of dependence cannot be expressed pictorially

Any additional comments?

great author, good narrator

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