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  • n. The fact of being given or posited in an argument, hypothesis etc.

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  • n. the quality of being granted as a supposition; of being acknowledged or assumed.

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  • n. the quality of being granted as a supposition; of being acknowledged or assumed


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From given +‎ -ness.


  • Drawing from Kierkegaard, he maintains that Christian love “seeks equality with the person to whom its givenness is directed” (115).

    Matthew Yglesias » Before There Was Early Rawls…

  • It is somewhat more plausible to hold that beliefs about physical objects, even if not arrived at via inference, must still be inferentially justified, but neither the rationale for such a claim nor its relation to the idea of givenness or immediacy is clear at this point.

    Epistemological Problems of Perception

  • To this end, Rorty combines a reading of Quine's attack on a version of the structure-content distinction in "Two Dogmas of Empiricism" (1952), with a reading of Sellars 'attack on the idea of givenness in "Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind" (1956/1997).

    Richard Rorty

  • The Christian denial of sacred 'givenness' to any political order should make us as wary of any such universal sovereignty as of any sacred claims for this or that national polity.

    David Nicholls Memorial Lecture: 'Law, Power and Peace: Christian Perspectives on Sovereignty'

  • The situation is presented without any nuance, save for the givenness of white privilege.

    White Man's Burden Redux: The Movie!

  • Such an approach would tacitly imply the givenness of those classes in a sense in which this is possible only in an indestructible society.

    Polanyi on the market

  • With films like his, and others, I begin to understand the God-givenness of the form, how it works, why it works. . .

    Archive 2009-03-15

  • Every object is prior to its apprehension, i.e., objects are pre-given [vorgegeben] to the mind, and this pre-givenness is due do the (ontological) status of outside-being.

    Salvation Santa

  • The philosophical framework of givenness historically takes on many guises, including not only the idea that empirical knowledge rests on a foundation, but also, crucially, the assumption that the “privacy” of the mental and one's

    Wilfrid Sellars

  • The states of affairs with which mathematics deals are, apart from the very simplest ones, so complicated that it is practically impossible to bring them into full givenness in consciousness and in this way to grasp them completely.

    Hermann Weyl


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