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William James on Unity - Dictionary of Arguments

Diaz-Bone I 128
Unity/Multiplicity/James: this is the most important philosophical problem, because it has substantive consequences. Is multiplicity really irrelevant? Unity is not the only need. Nevertheless, I will always regard unity as a preeminence to multiplicity.
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I 130
Unity: the concept alone cannot be a guarantee for the comprehension of the whole through the conceptual idea. The term universe is not an evidence for its actual existence.
World/James: instead of the question of unity and multiplicity, the view is of particular importance that it is a space-time continuum.
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I 131
Unity and multiplicity are absolutely equivalent here!
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I 131
Causality/James: can be spoken of causal unity or a purpose-unit of the world at all? Multiplicity can be regarded just as eternal as causal unification!
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I 132
World/James: Neither universe nor multiverse, unity and multiplicity can exist simultaneously and side by side. The world is one in which their parts are connected. It is more and more brought into uniform systems by humanity. (Davidson: description-dependent; >Reality/Davidson, Descriptions/Davidson, Ontology/Davidson, World/Thinking/Davidson).


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

James I
R. Diaz-Bone/K. Schubert
William James zur Einführung Hamburg 1996


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