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Quotations by Hans Vaihinger

Scientific thought is a function of the psyche…. Psychical actions and reactions are, like every event known to us, necessary occurrences; that is to say, they result with compulsory regularity from their conditions and causes.

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The Philosophy of ‘As If’, p. 1, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1935 (written 1877‒82, orig. publ. 1911)

[T]he organic function of thought is carried on for the most part unconsciously. Should the product finally enter consciousness also, or should consciousness momentarily accompany the processes of logical thought, this light only penetrates to the shallows, an the actual fundamental processes are carried on in the darkness of the unconscious. The specifically purposeful operations are chiefly, and in any case at the beginning, wholly instinctive and unconscious, even if they later press forward into the luminous circle of consciousness….

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The Philosophy of ‘As If’, p. 7, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1935 (written 1877‒82, orig. publ. 1911)