Re: DMB and Me (or, a Typology of the MD), Part III (B)

From: Mark Steven Heyman (
Date: Thu May 26 2005 - 04:35:44 BST

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    Hi Matt,

    On 23 May 2005 at 13:28, Matt Kundert wrote:

    The beginning of this discussion will have to start much more generally than
    that because, with your description of your “metaphysical assumptions,”
    that’s not (quite) where our disagreement lies.

    The first place to begin for me is the very idea of a “metaphysical
    assumption.” There are two ways we can take this to mean. We can take
    “metaphysics” to mean something like “a description of the way the world
    really is” or we can take it to mean “a description of how the way the world
    generally hangs together.” The former is a version of the Platonism and
    Enlightenment philosophy I was going on about. That I don’t like. The
    latter is a version that is (more often than not) harmless, but I would be
    more inclined to call it “philosophy” rather than “metaphysics.” So, by
    “metaphysical assumptions,” which do you mean?

    msh says:
    Well, thanks for asking! : - )

    At this point in our evolution I don't think anyone has a clue about
    the way the world really is. There's lotsa smoke and mirrors and
    noise, so much noise, most of it meant to enhance the viewpoint of
    people who want more and more and want all of us to believe that they
    deserve it, they really really do.

    So, I go for option 2, though I don't understand why you'd make the
    distinction between philosophy and metaphysics. My metaphysics of
    the fully realized human being is the foundation of my "philosophy"
    of life, of good and bad, of right and wrong.

    Mark Steven Heyman (msh)
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