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comment by TaylorS1986

That is a very edgy and simplistic dismissal of almost 2000 years of theology and philosophy, there.




mjburgess  ·  1190 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Kant was wrong however. Inher it in as he did the medieval sceptical assumption that reality is 'behind' what we see. Reality is nothing more than the ground of the logical structure of experience - and a structure that cannot be reduced to experience or equivocated with it. The phenomenalist assumption is based on a genetic fallacy that confuses the conditions for knowing something (epistemic possibility) with the conditions for something being the case (truth).

Science is one kind of activity which clarifies and exposes the logical structure of the world, there is no deep metaphysical problem here. Scientism is better opposed on realist grounds, rather than phenomenalist ones: idealism is a very poor way of being anti-reductionist. Not stupid 'behind the viel' realism whinch has mostly been an idealist strawman, but a simple ordinary sort of realism which says 'if has properties, it exists' - taking this to be a definition of 'exists' rather than an argument.

Universal_Novice  ·  1190 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Haha. He doesn't believe in superstition from people thousands of years ago. So close-minded.

antaka  ·  1179 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Should we not dismiss that earth is flat also? People believed in that for quite a long time. How long people believed in something doesn't make it valid, testing it and proving it makes something valid.

user-inactivated  ·  1181 days ago  ·  link  ·  

People have believed stupider things for much longer than 2000 years.