|Don't be so sensitive, Daniel! You wrote:|
Michael, Jennifer - given that "these people" (ie: me, Jordan, Nathan etc) are obviously very foolish...You got it wrong. Not foolish. (I will keep you in suspense about what I really think...) But if you like, I will loan you my handkerchief to wipe away the tears. //;-)
About induction, Nathan and I have not discussed that, but we have discussed axiomatic concepts (we disagree on some fundamentals) and this manner you all do of discussing things in posts that include a deluge of nonessential information highlighted by extensive quotes from immediately before.
The problem of dissecting induction is related to the way you approach axiomatic concepts - actually to concept formation in itself. As Nathan, the last time we talked about it, holds that perceptions are not really percepts, but some sort of primitive concepts instead, and that integration is some kind of idea, but we did not cover it too well back then, especially as he preferred to add an axiomatic concept of organization that he came up with instead - plus an anthropological definition of man, we never got around to induction. I tried to follow all this, but it kept getting side-tracked onto non-essentials (like bringing in the Catholic church in the middle of discussing what man is and things like that), and then there were those damn candy-stripped quotes from before - so I gave up.
All that seriously gets in the way of any contribution I might have - I go brain dead before I can even get to what is really being said (but I do find the topics in themselves interesting).
The person I mentioned, Fred Seddon, likes this kind of discussion and if you want to talk Hume, he's the man. He reads this stuff 24/7 for pleasure and knows it like the back of his hand. Look him up. He posts here and has written articles for Solo (especially on Kant and Plato). He calls himself the Kantinator.
It was a humorous comment, but it was also serious.
But hey. If you guys like that sort of discourse, don't let me stand in your way. Go for it and be happy. In Brazil, they say you can't learn taste. You can only refine it.