From Slate Star Codex: ‘All In All, Another Brick In The Motte’

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‘The original Shackel paper is intended as a critique of post-modernism. Post-modernists sometimes say things like “reality is socially constructed”, and there’s an uncontroversially correct meaning there. We don’t experience the world directly, but through the categories and prejudices implicit to our society; for example, I might view a certain shade of bluish-green as blue, and someone raised in a different culture might view it as green. Okay.’

From Remarks On Bertrand Russell’s Theory Of Knowledge:

“The following, however, appears to me to be correct in Kant’s statement of the problem: in thinking we use, with a certain “right,” concepts to which there is no access from the materials of sensory experience, if the situation is viewed from the logical point of view.

As a matter of fact, I am convinced that even much more is to be asserted: the concepts which arise in our thought and in our linguistic expressions are all — when viewed logically — the free creations of thought which cannot inductively be gained from sense experiences.”

From Bloggingheads: Adam Frank And Eliezer Yudkowsky Discuss The Epistemology Of ScienceFrom Bloggingheads: Adam Frank And Eliezer Yudkowsky Discuss The Epistemology Of Science

4 thoughts on “From Slate Star Codex: ‘All In All, Another Brick In The Motte’

  1. I haven’t read much Kant. I did do a blog post on Post-Modernism. I’d love to learn more about Kant I bought his “Critique of Reason” but haven’t read it yet. I’m def. gonna subscribe to you stuff.

    1. The critique is a survey of what Kant thoughts the bounds of reason are, and the fact that all knowledge doesn’t necessarily arise from experience. A priori synthetic judgments are a jumping-off point for his novel, systematic synthesis, and his attempt to put metaphysics on the ground of a science, or something like it (pretty sure he didn’t achieve that). The blog has become a catch-all, a place for some discussion of the arts, current events, and politics, so I hope you won’t be too disappointed that the deeper stuff doesn’t get full, nor often, much, treatment. Blogs don’t seem to be a good vehicle for deep, communicable thought.

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