There is only evidence that there is matter. This is a question of ontology (of what exists), not of metaphysics (of the nature of that which exists). So we should talk about metaphysics as other than a fact of it being discussed, its “existence” is only that of being a concept.
Speaking to a religiously-inclined friend on a live platform I had asked him what he thought about the concept of suspension of judgement. He said he used it for certain things when necessary. I asked him then isn’t that why not use it for all occasions. Have you not taken a course of judgement before … Continue reading The suspension metaphor
Harman argues for a flat ontology, in which all objects (of the mind) are on equal footing. Here is his list of examples of things (of the mind) which are real — Sherlock Holmes, real humans and animals, chemicals, hallucinations. Delanda pointed out in that a realist does not necessarily mean one is a default … Continue reading Flat material ontology
The process of knowing is specific to time and place, that is, knowing is a temporal and spatial process of a thing. But knowledge as objects of the mind are atemporal and aspatial. Often, we confuse knowledge for knowing, but rarely do we make the reverse mistake.
A Zen student came to Bankei and complained: 'Master, I have an ungovernable temper. How can I cure it?' 'You have something very strange,' replied Bankei. ' Let me see what you have.' 'Just now I cannot show it to you,' replied the other. 'When can you show it to me?' asked Bankei. 'It arises … Continue reading A Zen story
I am utterly serious when I say I do not believe concepts as things. I am not trying to be clever, only to point out that language fools us into believing that concepts exist as things. The self referential aspect of "concept" is what I am talking about. We can never escape concept-as-thing because this … Continue reading A serious “concept”
I like lightning strikes. As an event they are dramatic and violent. They cause damage and they may even kill. But I cannot "catch" a lightning strike like I can catch a lion or a tiger. It is an event, process, action of a thing, not a thing in itself. It is language that "catches" … Continue reading Do concepts exist?