By Hans Vaihinger, David G. Payne
2009 reprint of 1925 variation. this is often a huge publication of 1 inspiration, yet that concept is an important one for the social scientist. in line with the writer "many concept strategies and idea constructs seem to be consciously fake assumptions, which both contradict truth or are even contradictory in themselves, yet that are deliberately hence shaped as a way to triumph over problems of inspiration by means of this man made deviation, and succeed in the objective of proposal by means of roundabout methods and through paths. those man made inspiration constructs are known as 'Scientific Fictions' and distinct as wakeful creations by way of their 'as if' character." Vaihinger's paintings is a crucial early contribution to the human tendency in the direction of self-deception.
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They both regard the theoretical activity, consciousness, therefore, as a tool of the organism and a means to self-preservation. It is not, as such. essential to our subsequent enquiry how the relation ofthought, of the theoretical and conscious thought.. processes to the life of the instinct and will is understood j but, as we proceed, the treatment of thought as an instrument may prove useful in securing the right orientation. nly exists on account o~ the will, or as we may say WIth Flchte, on account of action, then knowledge is THOUGHT AS AN ORGANIC FUNCTION 5 not the ultimate purpose of thought; it cannot, therefore, be an end in itl;e1f, but only a by-product, something emerging incidentally, as it were, from the workshop of thought.
This Fund was a success, but its organization necessitated the foundation of a Kant Society and this gradually became more and more an end in itself and took up too much of my time and strength, although I was fortunate in having most efficient help in all these undertakings. force. In" 1906, in the midst of all these clIrious complications and crossings of my original intentions, a misfortune unexpectedly brought a happy solution, and enabled me after twenty-seven years to return to my original plan, which I had given up in 1879.
I I) The' As if' world, which is formed in this manner, the world of the" unreal" is just as important as the world of the so-called real or actual (in the ordinary sense of the word) ; indeed it is far more important for ethics and a:sthetics. This :esthetic and ethical world of 'As if', the world of the unreal, becomes finally for us a world of values which, particularly in the form of religion, must be sharply distinguished in our mind from the world of becoming. (12) What we usually term reality consists of our sensational contents which press forcibly upon us with greater or lesser irresistibility and as given" can generally not be avoided.