Sorry Frank, but any "answers" I point to cannot take for granted lay conceptions of terms like "guess","know", "reality" or "truth". Failure to appreciate that means failure to be able to participate in "modern philosophy".
I may have cited these clips before but they capture the flavor of what I mean by the term "modern philosophy". Note in particular Rorty's reference to "appearance" and "reality" at the end of the first clip.
No Frank. Listen carefully to the start of the second clip about "objectives of modern philosophy". It basically discounts any concept of "ultimate reality" as a pipe dream with religious overtones. Rorty is not against religion per se but he sees it as "functional" for particular purposes. So "existence of God" is not an epistemological or ontological issue. It is merely a construction for some in order to satisfy social and psychological needs.
...talking defines "is-ness". That is where you fail to understand or be able to communicate with Rorty.
So, as a die-hard agnostic, all you are saying is that you cannot accept the pragmatists view that talking about "ultimate reality" is futile, and that talking defines "is-ness".
That is where you fail to understand or be able to communicate with Rorty.
Heh, who would even want to communicate with some candy ass who uses words like "is-ness?"
Quote:Heh, who would even want to communicate with some candy ass who uses words like "is-ness?"
So what are you doing here then ?
Many authors have questioned E-Prime's effectiveness...These authors observed that a communication under the copula ban can remain extremely unclear and imply prejudice, while losing important speech patterns, such as identities and identification. Further, prejudices and judgments that are made are more difficult to notice or refute...
...the Office of English Language Programs of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the State Department of the United States[asserts] "Requiring students to avoid the verb to be on every assignment would deter students from developing other fundamental skills of fluent writing."
Disallowed words in E prime:
Contractions formed from a pronoun and a form of to be: I'm
you're; we're; they're
he's; she's; it's
where's; how's; what's; who's
E-Prime likewise prohibits contractions of to be found in nonstandard dialects of English, such as the following: ain't
hain't (when derived from ain't rather than haven't)
whatcha (derived from what are you)
yer (when derived from you are rather than your)