RE: MD What comes first?

From: David Buchanan (
Date: Sun Aug 31 2003 - 19:51:12 BST

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    Ian and any interested persons:

    Ian said:
    There is a great (prototypical) example of "bootstrapping" in here.
    "... within a sensible framework, and while the starting assumptions .."
    Such starting assumptions are your bootstrap for the framework.

    dmb says:
    I'm very tempted to let it go, but... Here's what I'm thinking. The
    expression "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" refers to a gravity
    defying act. Translating that into a philosophical context seems to suggest
    that that bootstrapping is a solution to a problem with metaphysical
    foundations or starting points. I'm still guessing at this point, but
    something tells me that it must be different and more specific than just a
    starting assumption. It is a word used by those who insist there is no
    ground to stand upon, no?

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