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can the truth be tooled?

my 17- year old friend had to write an essay, 1600 words about truth and context recently, cf atwood, and so i went there with him, along the philosophical timeline, over the descartian fissure and up to today.

subjective, objective...

then i talked to a solar engineer for a while, and then returning to the intellectual fopdoodlery of how many versions of truth could dance on the head of a perception....i lost patience...

we have hard, practical problems facing us that philosophers have never faced before.

good to stretch adolescent brains, good to know how to keep an abstract ball in the air, i guess...

viva veblen

(sp?)

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Sep 10th, 2007 at 11:18:58 AM EST
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subjective, objective...

A Subject/Object Metaphysics doesn't ask the right questions of Reality, I think.

See

Metaphysics of Quality

Your young friend could do worse than read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance".

I never got the chance when I was 17, cos it hadn't been written!


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by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Mon Sep 10th, 2007 at 11:42:24 AM EST
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Does the "Metaphysics of quality" actually ask any questions of reality?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Sep 10th, 2007 at 11:56:50 AM EST
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Good point. Sloppy language.

Allow the right questions to be asked...

Next question. By whom?

Well, it's all relative.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Mon Sep 10th, 2007 at 06:57:11 PM EST
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says who?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 19th, 2007 at 11:49:34 AM EST
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