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The lacuna in positivist-phenomenology

Charles Ogundu Nnaji

Abstract


This work maintains the thesis that the positivist phenomenology, its observation methods and theories which imply that anything which cannot empirically observable does not exist, create a lacuna or an error in human reasoning. This thesis is justified by the fact that micro-molecular biology, Quantum physics and Namo-technology have discovered many physical micro realities which are not directly observable except through the aid of powerful microscopes. The study adopts a textual-analytical investigation of scientific texts to arrive at the research finding that many philosophers‟ make Lacuna (erroneous) philosophical statements and arguments, avoidable if such philosophers can follow this study‟s recommendations that philosophers require good knowledge of scientific discoveries to help prevent philosophical Lacunas (or errors).

Keywords: Positivist, Phenomenology, Lacuna.




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