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Re: [ontolog-forum] Model or Reality

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From: Jon Awbrey <jawbrey@xxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 12:30:44 -0400
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IJ = Ingvar Johansson
JA = Jon Awbrey    (02)

JA: I think it is fair to say that key, active ingredients of
    truth are missing from [the] correspondence theory recipe.    (03)

IJ: I agree, more needs to be said;  and I think it can be said.  However,
    I will here just rest content with pointing out a seemingly neglected
    thing.  As long as epistemological questions about the veridicality of
    everyday perception are bracketed, then everyday life supplies us with
    very good examples of the essence the correspondence theory of truth.
    We simply check statmentents such as 'the cat is on the mat', 'it is
    raining', 'there's beer in the fridge', etc. against what we perceive.
    If what we pereceive *corresponds* to the statement, we regard the
    statement as true -- otherwise not.  Don't mix semantic questions
    such as 'what is the correspondence theory of truth saying?' with
    epistemological questions such as 'how do we know that a certain
    statement is true?'.    (04)

One can of course ''pose'' a distinction between epistemological
and semantic, but is that distinction real or merely a pose --
a nominal or verbal distinction without a difference?  There
has been a lot of discussion of physics lately, so let me
try to recall some lesson of physics that got engrained
in my brain in times now dim.    (05)

Can we really and truly dissociate the semantics of terms like
"duration", "length", and "mass" from the epistemological stance
of a particular frame of reference, or the operational resources
of the apparatus that we use to measure them?  I don't think so.    (06)

Jon Awbrey    (07)

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