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Re: What's the Science of Dinosaurs?
In a message dated 12/21/01 9:13:50 PM EST, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< I think we're getting too close to Socrates here - i.e. the observation
that we can't "know" anything, that i personally see as more of a play on the
definition of the words "know" and "fact" (or at the most a comment on the
usefulness of various definitions of those words) than as a truly useful
philosophical realisation - maybe one of those situations where language
makes philosophical problems appear from nowhere. >>
Is this Socrates, or is it Kant? I've done quite well ridding my memory of
that stuff. As you imply in your post, debating such aspects of "knowing" and
"factuality" is quite counterproductive and fruitless. Philosophers are among
the world's greatest BS artists, and it's good to avoid their silly semantic
pitfalls and snares. We all know that we exist, even if they seem not to.