On 9/5/2011 6:32 PM, meekerdb wrote:
On 9/5/2011 1:40 PM, Stephen P. King wrote:
On 9/5/2011 3:50 PM, meekerdb wrote:
On 9/5/2011 12:02 PM, Evgenii Rudnyi wrote:
Realism and nominalism in philosophy are related to universals (I
guess that numbers could be probably considered as universals as
well). A simple example:
A is a person;
B is a person.
Does A is equal to B? The answer is no, A and B are after all
different persons. Yet then the question would be if something
universal and related to a term "person" exists in A and B.
Realism says that universals do exist independent from the mind (so
in this sense it has nothing to do with the physical realism and
I think of that as Platonism. I think of realism as just the theory
that things exist independent of minds.
How does realism explain the means by which knowledge of these
'things that exist independent of the mind" obtains? Is there some
form of interaction between those 'independent things' and our minds?
If so, that mechanism is this and how does it work?
Those things interact with a brain which instantiates the mental
processes. At least that's the theory.
So the mind is merely epiphenomena? OK... Are you truly satisfied
with that explanation?
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