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General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1919 Original Publisher: University of Chicago Press Subjects: Reality Culture Civilization History / Civilization Philosophy / General Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural Social Science / Sociology / General Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the...
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1919 Original Publisher: University of Chicago Press Subjects: Reality Culture Civilization History / Civilization Philosophy / General Social Science / Anthropology / Cultural Social Science / Sociology / General Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER III THE CONCRETE, EMPIRICAL OBJECT AND HISTORICAL REALITY THE METHOD We have seen that actuality involves, in the course of objectivation, a growing distinction between reality as rational object-matter of thought and thought as logical activity handling the real materials. Absolutely objective reality and absolutely objective thought are only ideal limits of this actual objectivation, and since only that is empirically attainable which can be reached from actuality, the empirical world contains neither absolute reality nor absolute thought; any reality which can be empirically ascertained must preserve in some, however slight, measure the character of a subjective datum, any thought which can be empirically reconstructed must preserve in some, however slight, measure the character of a subjective association of data. Realities and thoughts are, indeed, objectivated and opposed to each other by being incorporated into systems of realities or thoughts, and, as we shall see later on, it is possible to consider them abstractly only within a given system, disregarding characters they may possess outside of it; it is by this abstract isolation that the concepts of pure or absolute reality, of pure or absolute thought, have been constructed. Once ready, those concepts have been used to reconstruct the full empirical, imperfectly objective realities and thoughts in tneir concreteness....
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