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Re: Luis' Nominalist Realism

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Posted by Harvey on September 11, 2001 02:02:19 UTC

Hi Luis,

>>>Why talk about ontology or epistemology at all? That ontology is a metaphysical discussion was a main point in my previous post. Further, the incompatibility of epistemology and empiricism is an explored point in many of my posts. No one ‘knows’ reality, outside of some fundamental assumption, i.e., some theory.>>Godel's Incompleteness Theorem illustrates how ZFC is either inconsistent or incomplete.>H:”Well, couldn’t you say that about *any* scientific theory as well?” L:Absolutely not. Scientific theories are *a priori* not ontological.>>H: ”How would an observation be an observation unless meaning were somehow ascribed?” L: Easily, if you can cope with the idea, ‘I cannot truly know an objective thing, beyond my subjective theories.’>I am not a solipsist. I am a realist, in my own ontological way. Yes, that’s a contradiction, but I think it’d be more self-serving than informative to spell out my circular reasoning in a forum like this one.

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