Re: Difficulties in communication. . .

From: 1Z <>
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2006 20:25:13 -0000

Brent Meeker wrote:

> As my physics prof, Jurgen Ehlers used to say, "Before we can say whether or
> not a thing exists we must know some of it's properities." So to know
> whether or not bigfoot exists we need to know enough properties of the
> concept 'bigfoot', like "big", "hairy", "bipedal", "lives in woods of the
> Pacific Northwest",... Given enough properties we may be able to test his
> existence against empirical evidence and reach a provisional conclusion.
> So epistemology precedes ontology.

OTOH, ontology precedes epistemology, because you
can't figure out whether anything else exists unless you exist!

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