Vol. 10 No. 1 (2017): Ways of imitation

Osservazioni sull’indipendenza dell’esperienza immediata: da Frege alla «fenomenologia sperimentale» di Paolo Bozzi

Luca Taddio
Università di Udine
Published July 11, 2017
  • Bozzi,
  • Frege,
  • immediate experience,
  • New Realism
How to Cite
Taddio, L. (2017). Osservazioni sull’indipendenza dell’esperienza immediata: da Frege alla «fenomenologia sperimentale» di Paolo Bozzi. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 10(1), 161-172. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-20915


Paolo Bozzi developed his «experimental phenomenology» from the Gestalt psychology tradition, particularly from Gaetano Kanizsa’s method. The distinction between «phenomenal description» and «causal explanation» of the «perception» springs up from the analysis of Bozzi’s «S-D psychophysical scheme». What Frege, who was well-known by Bozzi, deals with in paragraph 71 of The Thought theoretically mirrors what is outlined in the Scheme and could also be intended as its source. The juxtaposition between a «science of observable things» or «experimental phenomenology» – conceived as a science which is autonomous from what happens in the brain – and logics, which is set up autonomously from the thinking processes, is a programmatic element that is openly indicated by the author. Frege’s anti-psychologism and realism are both widely shared by Bozzi. The realism and the «naïve physics» Bozzi was a pioneer of lie at the basis of the so-called «New Realism». The following essay aims to localize and highlight some theoretical implications – up to their phenomenological origins – which can be detected particularly in paragraph 71 of The Thought. The present work tries to sketch out the boundaries and the autonomy of the «first person» perceptive experience and to define the scientific explanation that we can give of it. The distinction between science and experience, and the autonomy of experience from science and of the immediate experience of the content of consciousness from neuroscience, entail the impossibility of a naturalization of the phenomenological experience. In the examples taken from Frege can be found a theoretical bridge which connects the Gestalt perceptological tradition, Wittgenstein’s investigations of the philosophy of psychology, and the so called «New Realism».


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