On 2/17/2012 1:59 AM, meekerdb wrote:
On 2/16/2012 9:53 PM, Stephen P. King wrote:
You do realize that this gives a definition of "existence" that is very different from that that almost all philosophers use. That's OK, Bruno is not a philosopher although he does pretend to be one very well. :-)


I don't think it's different. Bruno has remarked that existence is relative to a theory. This is the view of Quine who said that a think exists if it is an essential element of your theory.
Hi Brent,

This idea is philosophically distasteful for it implies that existence supervenes on our consciousness or, more weakly, on our theory-craft. I think that it is exactly backwards. Consciousness supervenes on existence. Am I using the word "supervene" correctly here?

Onward!

Stephen

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