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Hermann von Helmholtz's empirico-transcendentalism reconsidered: construction and constitution in Helmholtz's psychology of the object

Liesbet De Kock UGent (2014) SCIENCE IN CONTEXT. 27(4). p.709-744
abstract
This paper aims at contributing to the ongoing efforts to get a firmer grasp of the systematic significance of the entanglement of idealism and empiricism in Helmholtz's work. Contrary to existing analyses, however, the focal point of the present exposition is Helmholtz's attempt to articulate a psychological account of objectification. Helmholtz's motive, as well as his solution to the problem of the object are outlined, and interpreted against the background of his scientific practice on the one hand, and that of empiricist and (transcendental) idealist analyses of experience on the other. The specifically psychological angle taken, not only prompts us to consider figures who have hitherto been treated as having only minor import for Helmholtz interpretation (most importantly J.S. Mill and J.G. Fichte), it furthermore sheds new light on some central tenets of the latter's psychological stance that have hitherto remained underappreciated. For one thing, this analysis reveals an explicit voluntarist tendency in Helmholtz's psychological theory. In conclusion, it is argued that the systematic significance of Helmholtz's empirico-transcendentalism with respect to questions of the mind is best understood as an attempt to found his empirical theory of perception in a second order, normative account of epistemic subjectivity.
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HERMANN, VONHELMHOLTZ, WUNDT
journal title
SCIENCE IN CONTEXT
volume
27
issue
4
pages
709 - 744
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000348597800007
JCR category
HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
JCR impact factor
0.404 (2014)
JCR rank
39/60 (2014)
JCR quartile
3 (2014)
ISSN
0269-8897
DOI
10.1017/S026988971400026X
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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4248105
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-4248105
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2014-01-24 14:01:50
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  keyword      = {HERMANN,VONHELMHOLTZ,WUNDT},
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  title        = {Hermann von Helmholtz's empirico-transcendentalism reconsidered: construction and constitution in Helmholtz's psychology of the object},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S026988971400026X},
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Chicago
De Kock, Liesbet. 2014. “Hermann Von Helmholtz’s Empirico-transcendentalism Reconsidered: Construction and Constitution in Helmholtz's Psychology of the Object.” Science in Context 27 (4): 709–744.
APA
De Kock, Liesbet. (2014). Hermann von Helmholtz’s empirico-transcendentalism reconsidered: construction and constitution in Helmholtz's psychology of the object. SCIENCE IN CONTEXT, 27(4), 709–744.
Vancouver
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De Kock L. Hermann von Helmholtz’s empirico-transcendentalism reconsidered: construction and constitution in Helmholtz's psychology of the object. SCIENCE IN CONTEXT. 2014;27(4):709–44.
MLA
De Kock, Liesbet. “Hermann Von Helmholtz’s Empirico-transcendentalism Reconsidered: Construction and Constitution in Helmholtz's Psychology of the Object.” SCIENCE IN CONTEXT 27.4 (2014): 709–744. Print.