By its nature as such, immediate experience is always someone's experience - individually owned, personal, and subjective. Thus phenomenological "I take myself to be seeing a cat on a mat" is immediately experiential, while "I see a cat on the mat" in the sense of "There is a cat and a mat and the cat is on the mat and I see it to be there" is objective, factual, and substantially impersonal. The ... [Show full abstract] latter sort of thing is never actually given in (or by) experience but is something taken, something that is not inferred but presumed. Our claims of objective fact always outrun the confines of our experience and what is encompassed in it: an element of postulation, presumption, and conjecture is always inherent in objective factual claims. And the validation of such presumption is ultimately not merely evidential but substantially pragmatic - justified by considerations of serviceability in meeting our requirements, desiderata, and needs.