Der 16. Weltkongress für Philosophie

Volume 3, 1983

Sektions-Vorträge II - Résumés des sections II - Section Papers II

Robert N. Beck
Pages 85-88

Prolegomena for the Concept "Universe"

Five prolegomena for formulating the concept "universe" are explored: 1) The formulation of the concept "universe" must be such that no plural of the term is possible; 2) Epistemological considerations are inadequate for determining the concept; 3) Substitution of synonyms is inadequate to the concept and is in fact a procedure based on special and limited principles; 4) Phenomenological investigations of, e.g., "world," are insufficient to provide an analysis of the concept "universe"; 5) The concept "universe" is a categorical concept which must be given connotation by way of a completion of categorial analyses of things "in" the universe.