Saturday, December 12, 2009

I never thought I could say this.

This makes me absolutely proud to be an American. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing special about America per se that makes me proud to be among its members. What I mean is that, by Divine fiat or fortuitous accident, we might fail to ever get Human Nature and Human Rights properly articulated and properly protected, but the very idea of them is something we never let die. What does that get us? Everything... or at least the possibility thereof.

For how could we even begin to move forward if we didn't already know that there's such thing as a forward?

And from Chomsky, no less! Please notice how unabashed he is about using words like "Human Nature" and "Justice". I know he's probably no Natural Law theorist, but if he were, his response to Foucoult wouldn't be jot or tittle different than it is.

Please watch.

Friday, December 11, 2009

off the cuff.

(1) All propositions are sentences.
(2) All sentences are linguistic (i.e., in language).
(3) All representations must represent non-representations.
Why (3)? Because:
(4) (premise for (3)): There cannot be a representation without that which is represented,
(5) (premise for (3)): whatever is represented is not itself a representation.

(6) All language is representational.
by (6),
(7) (6) represents itself.
by (7) and (3),
(8) (6) is not a representation.
(9) (6) is false.

I wanted this to be a reductio of (1). I am somewhat dubious about (3).
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