Hi Anna, Le 14-déc.-08, à 03:30, A. Wolf a écrit :

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> > One of the reasons I rarely post to this list is that many people here > seem trapped in an eternal series of meaningless essentialistic > debates. I have already commented this, and I realize I have, more or less consciously, associated this critics, or this kind of critics, with the "well known" (by logical philosophers) critics of modal logic done by Quine or Ruth Barcan Marcus. It concerns the problem of first order modal logic, where you quantify simultaneously on variables (like in first order logic) and implicitly on worlds, like in Kripke semantics of the modal logic. I guess now, you were using "essentialism" in a more general (and vague) sense. Have you follow this debate? Quine said that modal logic has been conceived in sin, and Boolos has already understood that Gödel's incompleteness theorems have "redeemed" modal logic by providing a transparent purely mathematical (even arithmetical) interpretation of the self-reference modal logics (G and G*). So I can argue informally that there is no essentialism in the UDA reasoning, but I can argue also that there is no Quine-Barcus sort of more technical essentialism in the arithmetical translation of the UDA. To be 100% correct, I have to add that another form of essentialism appears with some Lobian Machines, when they have too much rich "intended interpretation domain". For example, although the (sound and complete) propositional self-reference logics of ZF (Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory) are still G and G*, there is no clear sense how to extend this in the first order modal logic. And this is the reason why I don't really trust the set theoretical form of Lobian Machine. For those who remind the definition of the arithmetical hypostases, the 'second God" (the intelligible) of Peano Arithmetic is already far bigger than its "first God" (indeed it is Pi_1 *in* the first God (Truth)). But with the Lobian Machine ZF, the second God could already be so big that it would be inconsistent. Set theory is much too big by itself. I guess "sound humans" are probably between PA and ZF, with respect to their ideal Lobian features. Personally I am not sure we are really much more than the PA machine. OK, sorry for those remark addressed to those who are inclined in the Technics. But the whole point of both UDA and AUDA is too makes it possible the progressive scientific attitude on question concerning self, consciousness and things like that. Now, if you have an argument that the notion of consciousness is necessarily an essentialist notion, I would be glad to hear it, if only to have the opportunity to provide supplementary motivation to the use of the Gödel-Löb modal logics, which here redeemed the very notion of consciousness itself. We can come back on this if and when we arrive at the AUDA, and the arithmetical interpretation of Plotinus hypostases in the current (re)-explanation of UDA and AUDA (the KIM threads). Best, Bruno Marchal http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~marchal/ --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to everything-l...@googlegroups.com To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---