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Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint (International Library of Philosophy) [Paperback]

Franz Brentano
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21 Sep 1995 International Library of Philosophy
Franz Brentano's classic study Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint was the most important of Brentano's works to be published in his lifetime.
A new introduction by Peter Simons places Brentano's work in the context of current philosophical thought. He is able to show how Brentano has emerged since the 1970s as a key figure in both contemporary European and Anglo-American traditions and crucial to any understanding the recent history of philosophy and psychology.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (21 Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415106613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415106610
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 15.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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There is something slightly comic about being invited to review in a few words a book that has been a standard text in the history of ideas, the development of modern European philosophy and that of structuralist (Freudian and Lacanian) psychological theory for well over a century (and available in English translation since 1973).

I shall therefore content myself by saying that it is not about either clinical or experimental psychology, that it is not an easy read and demands some familiarity with Aristotle, Descartes, Hume and Kant, and that it is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in the development of Husserl's phenomenology and subsequently Heidegger's ontology and in modern European philosophy in general.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brentano 5 Feb 2013
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I was looking for an English version of his book and this is what I found.
As a book it is very good, no comments. The thing inside is for Brentano. You can like it or not.
It is up to you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to get smart in phenomenology, starts from this book 13 Feb 2008
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If you want to see the beginning of the phenomenological movement you should read this book. In this book is where Brentano re takes the concept of intentional content of the consciousness, that Aristotle, and scholastics used before, and in a way prepare the way to Husserl for his logical investigations (specially Investigation 5 - 6).
5.0 out of 5 stars BRENTANO: TRUE FATHER OF PHENOMENOLOGY: 25 Feb 2014
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For post-modern thought, we would situate Franz Brentano between David Hume’s empiricism and Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology. With what he labeled “Empirical-Psychology”. The concept of phenomenology had not emerged yet, but basically empirical-psychology equals “phenomenology”. Husserl, in an act of true recognition, stated that his thought directly evolved out of the work of Brentano. That’s a powerful recommendation.
In essence, rather than taking Hegel as the supplier of the psychological-structure for post-modern thought; we should give that honor to Brentano. Hegel contributes to it later.
Brentano’s work was criticized for being inaccessible and abstract, but we have the luxury of years of additional dialogue. For any serious student of post-modern thought, this manuscript should be quite accessible. I thought it read “smoothly”; actually easier to assimilate than I had imagined.
The huge benefit from Brentano will be the steps he articulates leading up to the copying of the thought-picture to the cognitive-consciousness. He inserts Aristotle’s dokounta-threshold as a mediation prior to copying which is important, and neglected by almost all other post-modern writers (except Beaufret).
Brentano also includes the moment of “counter-blow”, or the fringe contribution of previous cognitive work, used as a filter when considering sensory phenomena. He says this is the “static-body-state” as applied in an imaginative way to sensation in order to create the first feeling-percept phenomena.
From there we pass through the recollective act of considering prior thought-representations of the logic-of-causality, in order to move on to forming a preliminary thought-picture. This is when we form “mental-phenomena” from “physical-phenomena” by addressing the “intentional” content of objectivity in its “presentation”.
From here, we take the important step of approaching the dokounta-threshold and engaging in the work of “partitioning” categories and “measuring” the intensive-magnitude of phenomena. The thought-picture evolves to deeper significance. Then it is copied to cognitive-consciousness.
The overall triad is simply: sensation; imagination; and cognition. And the overall methodology is simply: “induction of unconsciousness”; “deduction of cognitive work”; and “verification of posited result".

Easily "5" stars; and highly recommended; remember Husserl's recommendation.
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