Knowledge Rankings: What is Sensory Information (Imagination Information)?June 26, 2021
This lowest level of knowledge corresponds roughly to sense experience; refers to the opinions and assumptions that derive from the blurred experience.
The power of imagination predominates in the formation of this knowledge. From sense experience we derive fuzzy concepts of clear and unclear, without distinguishing precisely where the objects are in the general order. We can also gain similar knowledge from linguistic signs. Because here, too, we can form concepts similar to those that come from the imagination by reading or hearing the words.
Both of these sources can lead to the creation of universal concepts (universals) that vary from person to person and do not describe real knowledge. Although Spinoza seems contradictory, he is nominalist about universals. It can be said that he was influenced by Hobbes in this regard. These universals cannot have a common concept in our minds. Everyone can think of them differently. Spinoza calls these general concepts in his own terms. The universal is their mere words; they become universal in use. Because they are used as a sign of many things.
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook