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

Małgorzata Czarnocka

Representing as symbolizing and cognitive access

  • language: Polish


Summary

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.