- the doctrine that phenomena are the only objects of knowledge or the only form of reality.
- the view that all things, including human beings, consist simply of the aggregate of their observable, sensory qualities.
Origin of phenomenalism
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In other words, is Kants position subjectivism or phenomenalism?
In so far as subjectivism reduces reality to states of knowledge, such as perceptions or ideas, it is phenomenalism.
Similarly a phenomenalism, like that of Hume, takes immediate presence to sense as the norm of being and knowledge.
But he differs both from Malebranche and from Hume in that he develops his phenomenalism on rationalist lines.
Kants Critical position is more correctly described as phenomenalism than as subjectivism.
Word Origin and History for phenomenalism
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