- I don't have an opinion on this yet, just a question: In the
third chapter Steiner says he is being very careful not to
presuppose the existence of a subject or "I" because he is
focusing his investigation exclusively on the quality of
thinking itself- "I" and "objects" are concepts which are
results of thinking activity. I'm loving it. But I keep
wondering if he really isn't assuming the existence of "I" at
this point. When he says, "This then is indisputable, that
in thinking we have got hold on one corner of the whole world
process which requires OUR PRESENCE if anything is to
Is this "OUR PRESENCE" a concept which we have after we
contemplate some percept? Am I right in assuming that at
this point in the investigation Steiner is not wanting to
talk about the presence of an "I" or anything else, just
those characteristics of thinking which he is methodically
going through at this stage of the text.
I'm not trying to poke a hole in his arguments; I've come too
far with this book and have too much respect for it to assume
that it has holes like that, but I do wonder if he isn't
presupposing "I" before he has established his
characterizations of thinking...
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