On 10/28/2010 12:55 PM, Peter F Brown (Pensive) wrote:|
> All classification systems are
human-created and none reflect any
> “natural” objective truth or set of “facts”.
On the face of it, a preposterous view -- the classification system
modern astronomy does not reflect a more objectively correct view of
physical universe than the Ptolemaic view or -- why not? -- the
of Thales on which everything is ultimately water? Granted, there
more sophisticated versions of the thesis, but even then there is
nothing approaching any sort of unanimity on the matter.
> Easterbrook obviously studied
his Lakoff properly.
I guess I missed the memo announcing that Lakoff had settled the
centuries-old debate between realism and anti-realism. That said,
relevance of the debate to ontological engineering is not at all
But the arguments of Barry Smith and others show, at the least, that
even that is far from settled.
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