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Posted by Aurino Souza on April 12, 2002 15:16:28 UTC

Dick,

After I wrote the above, I started thinking that, if numbers and words are capable of being used to express logical concepts, then it follows that philosophy is to words what math is to numbers. And that the only difference between math and philosophy is that math can be used to explain verifiable aspects of reality while philosophy cannot. That got me thinking, why is it that a philosopher can't run an experiment to test the validity of his semantic assertions in the same way a physicist tests the validity of his mathematical assertions?

I suspect the answer is "because numbers are the most meaningless concepts ever conceived". What do you think?

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