Papers of BAS, Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 1, No 1, 2014

PHILOSOPHY

FRANZ BRENTANO ABOUT CONTINUUM AS GENERATED BY INTUITION

Vesselin Petrov

Abstract: The paper considers insufficiently investigated historical and philosophical aspects of the argumentation against the idea of building up of continuum from the perspective of discreteness, and especially Franz Brentano’s conception of continuum, in the centrum of which is his view that continuum is generated by intuition. The aim of the investigation is to analyze the mature original Brentano’s conception of continuum and to trace out the connection of his views with the views of other philosophical doctrines. The meaning of the theme is in the fact that Brentano is a predecessor of the contemporary phenomenology and analytic philosophy and that he has influenced the philosophical views of some mathematicians-philosophers such as Poincaré. That is why his views are a key for the understanding of contemporary ideas of continuum in these philosophical trends.

Key words: Brentano’s philosophy, continuum, intuition, phenomenology, analytic philosophy