Empiricism and Its Limits

  • by J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by Randy Whitlow
  • 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Observation apprises us of what is, but not of what must be. It therefore does not apprise us of logical norms or of relations of logical dependence. In addition, the transformation of sensory information (pictorial) information into propositional (conceptual, non-pictorial) information presupposes knowledge of how to convert information of one kind into information of some other kind, and it therefore presupposes knowledge of logical equivalencies. Thus, not all knowledge is derived from sense-perception, even after allowances are made for the distinction between knowledge-like, but not genuinely knowledge-mediating, cognitive structures, on the one hand, and genuine knowledge, on the other. A philosophical justification is provided for Freud's profound insights, in Chapter VII of the Interpretation of Dreams, concerning the limits of iconic ideation. Wittgenstein's so-called "Picture-Theory" of language is examined.

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a perfect book

If you could sum up Empiricism and Its Limits in three words, what would they be?

absolutely completely wonderful


What other book might you compare Empiricism and Its Limits to and why?

epistemology by kuczynski


Which scene was your favorite?

the discussion of the interpretation of dreams


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the discussion of berkeley


Any additional comments?

it was jolly good!

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- Tina

Whitlow's best so far

What did you love best about Empiricism and Its Limits?

the depth and clarity


What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I like Whitlow, but this is hands down his best work


Have you listened to any of Randy Whitlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is his best.


If you could give Empiricism and Its Limits a new subtitle, what would it be?

Beyond the senses


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- Gregor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-21-2016
  • Publisher: PHILOSOPHYPEDIA