Re: MD On Faith+understanding (Rorty/Bhaskar)

From: ml (
Date: Mon Oct 25 2004 - 22:29:04 BST

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    Hello David,

    Thanks for the laugh at the end...
    given the mutual confusion between
    ground floor / first floor
    first floor / second floor
    basement / first floor
    in UK vs US it is appropriate as well...


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "David Morey" <>
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    Sent: Sunday, October 24, 2004 5:46 AM
    Subject: Re: MD On Faith+understanding (Rorty/Bhaskar)

    > Hi all
    > I think these points from ML are good. I would say that they relate
    > to what the philosopher of science Roy Bhaskar has pointed out.
    > He has drawn our attention to the fact that when we learn about
    > a new theory in science we are confronted with a set of texts and
    > formulae that we have to interpret with all the difficulties that
    > post-modernists
    > and people like Rorty have drawn our attention to. However, we clearly
    > are capable of making this leap into a common interpretation of the new
    > theory. Bhaskar suggests that the individual each time has to discover the
    > same
    > theory for themselves. Of course, they may not have understood it and have
    > made the leap into a new thoery of their own that is not the same as the
    > original
    > authors. The point in teaching is to try to reach the same
    > interpretation/understanding of
    > the theory. Often the teacher will be able to tell the student that they
    > have the wrong interpretation
    > from the generally accepted one and will try to guide them towards making
    > new leap until
    > if they are lucky they get it. This seems to be the dynamic component
    > relating to the individual
    > with respect to attaining what we otherwise may look on as
    > structures
    > of meaning. Bhaskar also points out the realist assumption that there is
    > undivided/
    > uninterpreted real world to which we relate our interpretations and will
    > either fit or
    > resist our interpretations. As he says, we do not decide to interepret the
    > second floor
    > window as a better exit than the ground floor door. Rorty will call this
    > trivial, Bhaskar
    > suggests Rorty takes the window then.
    > regards
    > David Morey
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