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Mark Mills wrote:
> At 09:25 AM 2/14/01 +1000, you wrote:
> >"I don't believe in ism's, I just believe in me." - Ferris Beuller, quoting
> >some dead rock star.
> >Top left?
> I am assuming you mean: anti-realist, anti-rationalist. Right?
> I hadn't put things in any visual order, so I built a webpage chart:
> (some new labels)
> upper left: Realist & anti-rational (pure realist)
> lower left: Anti-realist & anti-rationalist (anarchist, nihilist)
> upper right: Realist & rationalist (pragmatist, enlightened?)
> lower right: Anti-realist & rationalist (pure rationalist)
> I keep wondering if it is possible to be both rationalist and realist.
Bear in mind that these are polar, not discrete, options. This describes
a field of positions that may be occupied in degrees rather than kind.
Moreover, there may not be equilibrium states (see David Lewis'
_Conventions_ for a description of these) but rather some sort of
chaotic attractors so that the most stable position is something like
pragmatist realism but not entirely. How you could determine this I am
not sure. Perhaps it could be modelled and then tested against observations.
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