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Note: this assignment, due Nov. 20, is for students in Group III (Meza, Mova) only.

Please respond to the following question in approximately two pages (double spaced). (Needless to say this should be your own original work.)

§43 of the Ideas is titled ``The Clarification of a Fundamental Error.'' The ``fundamental error'' in question is to think that we see only the appearances of ``physical things,'' as opposed to seeing them the way they are in themselves. (Recall that a ``physical thing'' [Ding] is just an ordinary perceivable object, such as a tree.) According to this erroneous view, ``God''--that is, a hypothetical subject ``possessing every possible adequate perception''--would, unlike us, see physical things themselves. Why, according to Husserl, is this an error? Why is it wrong to suppose, even hypothetically, a subject which perceives physical things adequately? How does a confusion between perception and symbolic representation (or ``objectivation'': Vorstellung) lead people to commit this error?

Abe Stone 2008-11-27