Karl Marx: Sense Experience

Dean Gotcher

"Sense experience must be the basis of all science." "Science is only genuine science when it proceeds from sense experience, in the two forms of sense perception and sensuous need, that is, only when it proceeds from Nature." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3) Sensuousness, i.e. "feelings," emotions become the basis of science when it involves "human nature," i.e., "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life," only that which "is of the world." 1 John 2:16 History, according to Karl Marx as well as Sigmund Freud, is not what the past generation passes onto the next generation to learn and follow after but how the individual has "felt" through ought their own life experience. Carl Rogers wrote: "Experience is, for me, the highest authority." "Neither the Bible nor the prophets, neither the revelations of God can take precedence over my own direct experience." (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy) The individuals desire for the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' that the world is stimulating, including the affirmation of men, and their dissatisfactions with whoever is preventing them from having and enjoying them is the common denominator that merges Philosophy and Sociology with Psychology, i.e., "group psychotherapy," making the child's carnal nature the ground from which to determine right from wrong, good from evil, instead of the father's/Father's authority.

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2017