On 14 May 2013, at 22:26, meekerdb wrote:
On 5/14/2013 1:18 PM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
On 14 May 2013, at 21:45, meekerdb wrote:
They have the special status of being humans.
Sure, like termites have the special status of being termites.
And we could define a word "termiticial" to denote things made by
termites. So what's the problem?
There is no problem. I am just saying "artificial" is an indexical. It
refers to human implicitly.
If you are dualist and
anthropomorphic, then you can absolutize the distinction (but
seems ad hoc to me).
I don't see what is has to do with dualism. If you can
distinguish "humans" from "not-humans" then you can distinguish
"made by humans" from "not made by humans". It's as scientific as
any concept: table, chair, tiger, star, amoeba,...
If you can distinguish "termites" from "not-termites" then you can
distinguish "made by termites" from "not made by termites".
All I say is that "artificial" is relative to the choice of a
particular animal among the animal. The humans. Us.
So it doesn't have anything to do with dualism.
I was saying that it is so for someone which absolutizes the
difference natural/artificial, like if it was not an indexical. In
that case it singles out the human perspective from all others, and
that entails a dualism or a duality between the human perspective and
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