July 9, 2013
Good question! SENSORY PHENOMENOLOGY, for certain! I find mathematical platonism radically unconvincing, and so I do not believe that FORMAL DEFINITIONS could possibly "exist" independently of the human intellectual imagination. I think that the over-riding lesson of epsitemology should be taken that we cannot conclusively know anything FOR CERTAIN because caveats are always logically admissable in objection to any ontological "affirmation" whatsoever. However, I personally -- contra Quine -- harbour a REFLECTIVE preference to (my own brand of) physicalism, and wrote a paper around 10 years ago advancing my supporting thesis.
Physical distance. (Sorry, Peter!)
Hi I'm Ian Buxton. Let's dispense with the bureaucracy!
OK on the whole. Peter is a kind host and the attendees on this occasion -- particularly Elena and Gary -- were satisfyingly and attentively alert to and engaged with the often-demandingly subtle nuances of the debate.