Marvin Farber

Marvin Farber

Philosopher (1901-1980).  Born in Buffalo.  Author of major works on phenomenology (a philosophy originally developed by Immanuel Kant), including Phenomenology as a Method (1928), The Foundation of Phenomenology (1940) and Naturalism and Subjectivism (1959).

Phenomenology teaches that there is a distinction between the thing in itself and our idea of it which is derived from our mind. We only know how any object appears to us. Therefore, says Kant, we can never know the noumenon, i.e. the thing as it was before we experienced it. "It remains completely unknown to us what objects may be by themselves and apart from the receptivity of our senses."

Thanks to Dr. Gerhard Falk for explanation of phenomenology.

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