Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Epistemic Norms Paper

Things will be quieter here for a while during the run-up to my move to Canberra at the end of August.

In the meantime, here is the current rough draft of my paper on Epistemic Normativity. Comments very welcome, although I can't promise to reply quickly at the moment :(


TOR Hershman said...

Duration, considerable, extending, must be
quite upset after all of those “Long” words.


Sorry ‘bout that.

Stay on Groovin' Safari,

Anonymous said...

If one states that the world is not
the same as the words--then one assumes in making that statement that the world is the same as the words.

To make that statement and hold it to be true you do not allow that there is a split between what the world is and what you say it is-- to hold the statement true- is-to make no such distinction. You cannot state, for instance, that words and the world are not the same, without simultaneously assuming that words and world are the same-- to say a statement is accurate means that there is no difference between the world and the statement. It is not said -- "My description is accurate and yet the world is totally different." To be accurate means the distinction between the world and words is gone at that point.

You will have assumed that the words are in fact the same-- that the world and words are not dichotomous but
are a happening which makes the world.

What makes something the case is that
there is no holding that there is a gap between the words and the way the world is.
If you say this: "I describe the world but the words and the world are separate--- you must believe what you have said to be the case precisely and no different-- and the words are the way the world is--- no separation.
To maintain that something is the case
there is no gap maintained between the description and what is being described.
The scientific point of view is one point of view-- but all points of view make a world-- not just the scientific.
The world is made up of, created by points of view that are held to be the case.