Aristotle chose to open his Categories with a definition of equivocal. The example he gave was a real man and a figure in a picture. He said they can both lay claim to the name 'animal'. The real man, I can understand. A physical being can be called an animal. But what of a drawing … Continue reading Equivocal
Language is a human intentional activity, not possessed by other animals. Another distinction employed in language is use and mention, so there is a …J.L. Austin and aspects of speech act theory… Ordinary language philosophy needs to be taken seriously. A “philosophy” for animals would entail concepts and referents but not language, and therefore no … Continue reading J.L. Austin and aspects of speech act theory…
It is interesting to me that the new year could start in any season of the year but most start at the end of winter or the beginning of spring (half full or half empty). Those cultures or countries that do not seem to be either 1) near the equator, 2) in the Southern Hemisphere … Continue reading New Year
Perceiving and interacting are different things. Things may interact without being perceived. Things may not interact with one being perceived. Things may interact with each other being perceived. Things may not interact even though they are perceived. Perception and interaction are separate issues.
Nothing changes about an object whether it is observed (perceived) or not. Similarly, an object perceived by, none, one or many changes nothing about the object. It’s existence seems to be given or guaranteed. Berkeley believed this is possible because God perceives the entire universe. I appeal to no such “thing” but rather things-space/time is … Continue reading An observation about objects and their being observed