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patty <pattyNO at SPAMicyberspace.net> writes:
> From  <http://www.philosophers.co.uk/cafe/phil_mar2004.htm>
>As an empiricist - one who thinks all knowledge claims are justified by
>experience - Quine was committed to the role of sensory experience in
>knowledge. But since a single mind has no fixed anchor to halt inner
>experience from 'drifting', Quine argued that in a community, drift
>would be arrested; we are not apt to drift in the same direction. Thus
>publicly reinforced language - and not subjective ideas - could check
>the tendency for drift. 'Safety in numbers' rather than subjective
>certainty would provide Quine's key to knowledge.
>In other words (mine) enlightened empiricism draws the experiential
>bubble  in a different place than classic empiricism draws it. It
>draws it out in the culture, not around the skin of the individual. In
>my opinion, a better cut.
I don't think I can agree with that. After seeing yesterday's
election results, it sure seems as if more than half the voting
population is drifting way out into never-never land.
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