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47(2011)3 - Science versus Utopia. Limits of Scientific Cognition

Małgorzata Czarnocka

Representing as symbolizing and cognitive access

  • language: Polish


The main polarized contemporary views on cognitive access are discussed in the paper. Symbolic realism, rooted in some respects in Ernst Cassirer’s philosophy of symbolic forms, is proposed as a rivalry to those views. The presented symbolic realism cannot be fitted into the dichotomy realism–antirealism, since it has features of both opposing concepts. It postulates a non-mirroring, constructive character of knowledge, not preserving any ontic elements of reality, and is loaded with epistemic elements, usually attributed only to antirealistic positions.