I must achieve internal consistency.
To begin with, we put the proposition: pure phenomenology is the science of pure consciousness.
I had to philosophize. Otherwise, I could not live in this world.
We would be in a nasty position indeed if empirical science were the only kind of science possible.
Natural objects, for example, must be experienced before any theorizing about them can occur.
Experience by itself is not science.
All perception is a gamble.
What is thematically posited is only what is given, by pure reflection, with all its immanent essential moments absolutely as it is given to pure reflection.
The perception of duration itself presupposes a duration of perception.
To every object there correspond an ideally closed system of truths that are true of it and, on the other hand, an ideal system of possible cognitive processes by virtue of which the object and the truths about it would be given to any cognitive subject.
The ideal of a pure phenomenology will be perfected only by answering this question; pure phenomenology is to be separated sharply from psychology at large and, specifically, from the descriptive psychology of the phenomena of consciousness.
All consciousness is consciousness of something
Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond of offering criticism from on high instead of studying and understanding things from within.
Direct the glance of apprehension & inquiry to pure consciousness, in its own absolute Being.
Merely fact-minded sciences make merely fact-minded people.
Pure phenomenology claims to be the science of pure phenomena. This concept of the phenomenon, which was developed under various names as early as the eighteenth century without being clarified, is what we shall have to deal with first of all.
Within this widest concept of object, and specifically within the concept of individual object, Objects and phenomena stand in contrast with each other.
It just is nothing foreign to consciousness at all that could present itself to consciousness through the mediation of phenomena different from the liking itself; to like is intrinsically to be conscious.
Philosophy as science, as serious, rigorous, indeed apodictically rigorous science -- the dream is over.
In all the areas within which the spiritual life of humanity is at work, the historical epoch wherein fate has placed us is an epoch of stupendous happenings.
In a few decades of reconstruction, even the mathematical natural sciences, the ancient archetypes of theoretical perfection, have changed habit completely!
If all consciousness is subject to essential laws in a manner similar to that in which spatial reality is subject to mathematical laws, then these essential laws will be of most fertile significance in investigating facts of the conscious life of human and brute animals.
Psychologically experienced consciousness is therefore no longer pure consciousness; construed Objectively in this way, consciousness itself becomes something transcendent, becomes an event in that spatial world which appears, by virtue of consciousness, to be transcendent.
Without troublesome work, no one can have any concrete, full idea of what pure mathematical research is like or of the profusion of insights that can be obtained from it.
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