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Philosophy's Gelatinous Rulebook

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Posted by Luis Hamburgh on September 8, 2002 15:21:26 UTC


I'm so glad you're back.

Aurino's point -- though I think he may have strayed from it (for instance, by mentioning biology) -- was that often, although the intent of participants in a philosophical discussion might be (should be, probably) to arrive at a mutual recognition of the source(s) of misunderstanding, the discussants themselves often proceed to a point where their differences are less significant than their individual assessments of the terms they use while discussing these differences.

For example, imagine a situation where the differences between discussants' unique and subjective definitions of the terms they use are more significant than the actual source of disagreement itself. As there is no singular rulebook for these matters, if neither discussant recognizes this quirk then their disagreement might become a huge waste of time.


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