- as if
- like [coll.] [as if]
(Ger. as if) Fictional; hypothetical; postulated; pragmatic. The expression was given currency by Hans Vaihinger's Die Philosophic des Als Ob (1911), which created the thesis which our understanding rests on a network of artfully contrived fictions which are not verifiable but pragmatically justifiable. While these types of fictions, utilized in all areas of human knowledge and endeavor, intentionally falsify or prevent the stream of immediate impressions, they greatly improve truth. -- O.F.K.