In C.-E. Niveleau (ed.), Vers une philosophie scientifique. Le programme de Brentano. Demopolis (2014)

Carlo Ierna
Radboud University Nijmegen
Franz Brentano’s 1874 Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint presents us with a framework and methodology for performing scientific research in psychology. Moreover, this project provides the foundation for the more ambitious ideal of the renewal of philosophy as a science, which had been Brentano’s aim ever since defending his habilitation thesis that “the true method of philosophy is none other than that of the natural sciences”. Brentano therefore needs to carefully articulate the precise position and role of his scientific psychology among the Geisteswissenschaften and the Naturwissenschaften. What does his ideal of philosophy as science consist in? What is the relation between his scientific psychology and philosophy? How is psychology related to the natural sciences, in particular psycho-physics and physiology?
Keywords Franz Brentano  Science of Consciousness  Intentionality  Descriptive Psychology  Philosophy as Science
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