On 21.03.2013 12:44 Stephen P. King said the following:

On 3/21/2013 7:30 AM, Evgenii Rudnyi wrote:
On 21.03.2013 12:20 Stephen P. King said the following:


How do we forget what we cannot even know that we know?

As far as I know, that's the main Sartre's point. You just start
with that you know that you know. Without the Other there is no I.


Sartre was the philosopher that was the hardest for me to study, but
I did manage to finish Being and Nothingness. Consciousness might
be, itself, the act of distinctioning between I and Other, but how to
do so without Being other than either of these?

Van Fraassen's answer to this question is as follows:

“Let us begin with a statement that I am sure you must have heard before:

God is dead.

You are right if you take it that I am serious about this. But what do I mean? When Pascal died, a scrap of paper was found in the lining of his coat. On it was written ” The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, not the God of the philosophers.” Pascal was a contemporary of Descartes in the seventeenth century, and the God who appears in Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy was the paradigmatic philosophers’ God. He is of course omniscient, omnipotent, and omni-benevolent, and he is designed precisely so as to guarantee that everything that Descartes says is true. So Pascal had a very good example near at hand. Here is what I mean when I say that God is dead:

The God of the philosophers is dead.

This God is dead because he is a creature of metaphysics – that type of metaphysics – and metaphysics is dead.”

I am trying now to see things along this way. I should confess though that this is not that easy.


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