RJG wrote: ↑
August 14th, 2018, 5:22 pm
RJG wrote:The "not-knowing" of a object, does not necessarily equate to the "non-existence" of the object, ...do you agree with this?
The "not-knowing" of a world of objects
, does not necessarily equate to the "non-existence" of that world of objects
, ...do you likewise agree with this?
If there are no subjects, then there is no "knowing" of anything. Not-knowing does not equate to not-existing. Therefore, it is possible for a world of objects to exist, without anyone 'knowing', or without 'anyone' to know.
It seems Analytical Philosophy usually ends up simply with quarrels about the meaning of words. Tamminem has simply introduced us to a new way of thinking about what it means to "Exist" by identifying a new "Ontological" criteria that needs to be met before anything can claim the status of "Existing".
I prefer to focus on how these ideas either promote or stifle scientific research and secondarily how it effects the metaphysically castrated eloquence of analytical philosophy.
Certainly there are "objects" of which we know nothing. However, they must be capable of being known or whether or mot we give them the status of "existing" has no significance. That is the beauty of Tamminen's thesis.
Let me give some relevant examples. Science doesn't know what dark matter/energy is yet it knows that visibly known matter is only 10% of the mass of the known universe. They do not know much about the missing mass but they know something about it. they know it produces gravity. We know it exists through our instruments even though we cannot see it we know it exits. If it existed and was not knowable in anyway to "us" the subjects then it might as well not exist for us. it actually may exist for more intelligent beings but it may as well not exist for us.
In the many worlds of QM there are practically uncountable hypothesized worlds all of which have no known effect on our world. Whether they are given the status of "existing" has no practical significance.
We should thank Tamminen for incorporating a new meaning into our language that raises the status and importance of the subject over the status of inanimate matter.