Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Limits, philosophy: here we are concerned with the classification of knowledge domains or the identification of possibilities for thought. We need to determine what belongs to a domain and what does not. Problems arise wherever something is to be described beyond an area by the means of this area itself ('impracticability', 'unthinkability','inconceivability'), as well as where an area is solely covered by means originating from this area itself ( Circularity).
 
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I 51
World/reality/thought/McDowell: the world does not depend on our thinking, but it is also not beyond the boundary that encloses the conceptual sphere.
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I 54
Ostension/McDowell: that to which we finally come across is still a conceivable content, and not something that would be fundamental, a given piece.
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I 64
Ostension breaks no limits.

MD I
J. McDowell
Geist und Welt Frankfurt 2001


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-25