David Corfield

Why do so many philosophers arrive at trichotomies?

  • Peirce: firstness, secondness, thirdness

  • Popper: World 1 = physical objects and events; Worlds 2 = mental objects and events; World 3 = theories or objective knowledge.

  • Mac Intyre?: encyclopedic, genealogical, traditional

  • Cassirer: expressive, life, I, feeling; representative, action, you, willing; significative, work, it, thinking.

Note Cassirer’s classification of philosophies according to which basic phenomenon they take as prior: Descartes, Husserl, Bergson; Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, James, Heidegger; Kant. Coincidence that the second group overlap with Mac Intyre?’s genealogical version?

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