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Reply Fri 25 Dec, 2009 04:28 am
I like to zoom-out and see how it all connects. Close-ups are also good. But this thread is about panoramas.

Linguistic philosophy connects with epistemology connects to ethics connects to aesthetics, etc. What a person tends toward in one area is related to what they tend toward in another?

Can an holistic view improve our vision?
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kennethamy
 
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Reply Fri 25 Dec, 2009 02:07 pm
@Reconstructo,
Reconstructo;114174 wrote:
I like to zoom-out and see how it all connects. Close-ups are also good. But this thread is about panoramas.

Linguistic philosophy connects with epistemology connects to ethics connects to aesthetics, etc. What a person tends toward in one area is related to what they tend toward in another?

Can an holistic view improve our vision?


Trouble is that one panorama looks just like another panorama from a great distance. So that all you can say of any panorama is that it is "sublime".
Arjuna
 
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Reply Fri 25 Dec, 2009 03:03 pm
@Reconstructo,
Reconstructo;114174 wrote:
I like to zoom-out and see how it all connects. Close-ups are also good. But this thread is about panoramas.

Linguistic philosophy connects with epistemology connects to ethics connects to aesthetics, etc. What a person tends toward in one area is related to what they tend toward in another?

Can an holistic view improve our vision?
Having hitch-hiked my way through one of the valleys of holistic medicine, I'm interested. Help me connect the dots?
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Reconstructo
 
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Reply Fri 25 Dec, 2009 09:05 pm
@Reconstructo,
I don't know anything about holistic medicine, sorry. One example of holism for me is understanding the meaning of words by looking at their relationship with social practice.

I also like to look at the influence of ethics on epistemology and the reverse. I just want to emphasize that the individual living human doesn't have the time to become a specialist in everything and must sew a world-view and ethic together somehow. I like to look not just at another human's words but at their bodies (health, age, beauty) and lifestyles/biographies (where word meets action.) I love the biographies of philosophers.

Looking at things in context -- that's "holism" for me.
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prothero
 
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Reply Sat 26 Dec, 2009 12:20 am
@Reconstructo,
Reality is process "becoming" not "being" and
"things" "exist" only in realationship to other "things" not in isolation.
Holism is monism from a subjective perspective.
Reconstructo
 
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Reply Sat 26 Dec, 2009 12:44 am
@prothero,
prothero;114315 wrote:

Holism is monism from a subjective perspective.

That's a good line.
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prothero
 
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Reply Sat 26 Dec, 2009 12:35 pm
@kennethamy,
kennethamy;114225 wrote:
Trouble is that one panorama looks just like another panorama from a great distance. So that all you can say of any panorama is that it is "sublime".
The panorama from a distance does not look at all like the thing close up. Looking at things from a great enough distance is deceptive or at least only a partial and incomplete view.

On the other hand your "knowledge" of a "thing" is both more partial and more incomplete until it has been "seen" both close up (reductionism) and in its relationship to other things (holism).
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