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What Plight? What Anti-realist?

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Posted by Aurino Souza on November 28, 2003 20:25:07 UTC

The just isn't possible to divide the world into theoretical and observable

Theoretical: the contents of all non-fiction books ever written
Observable: anything that is not theoretical

There, I just proved you wrong and divided the world. Don't like my definitions? Well, that's your problem, not mine!

What you don't understand, Harv, is that you can't prove anyone wrong if you don't accept their basic premises. What most of your posts essentially say is that, according to your worldview, all other worldviews are wrong to the extent that they disagree with your own. You may call that wisdom; most people call it foolishness.

You think "realism" is a strong argument against "anti-realism", but you don't understand why "anti-realism" is just as strong an argument against "realism". The reason you can't understand that is because you think "realism" makes more sense than "anti-realism", but you fail to see that worldviews don't make sense, it's people who make sense of worldviews. To an "anti-realist", "anti-realism" makes as much sense, perhaps more so, than "realism" does to the "realist". It's useless to argue the merits of one by the criteria of the other.

So how do you measure the merits of a particular worldview? Ha ha! "How to measure the merits of a particular point of view" is part of what constitutes a worldview in the first place. Eventually anything we think we know rests on circular logic! You may not like that; I particularly love it. It means God has given us freedom to perceive the world any way we like, with the only constraint that we must arbitrarily choose some arbitrary constraints.

Beyond that, there's absolutely nothing worth arguing about.

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