Hans Vaihinger- Born: Sep 25, 1852 · Nehren, Germany Died: Dec 18, 1933 · Halle, Germany Written works: The Philosophy of 'As if' · Die Philosophie Des ALS OB: System Der Theoretischen, Praktischen Und Religiosen Fiktionen Der Menschen Auf Grund Eines Idealisme Education: University of Tübingen · Humboldt University of Berlin · Leipzig University · Tübinger Stift
Professor Vaihinger posited that humans cannot determine the underlying structures of reality and should therefore create suppositions about metaphysics that can then be acted on 'as if' they are true. He had many detractors, like the Positivists, and only a few supporters. But he has been credited as the first to propose a process of modelling for philosophical theorizing. Is anyone aware of any influences or serious work derived from his suppositions?