According to our everyday experience, the objects that surround us are coloured. Lemons are yellow, cucumbers are green, and our car is black. But according to physical science, lemons, cucumbers, and our car are composed of particles that are not attributed with colour whatsoever. These two pictures of the world seem not entirely compatible, but how come? Is philosophy able to provide us with an answer to this question?
What is the world like beyond human-object relations? If we think of absolute reality as something that is permanent and not bound to time and space, and something that goes beyond the relation of being and thinking, would it be possible for us to perceive it?
What knowledges lie within reach? Does there exist a singular truth? Or does each hold true to their own? The principles of knowledge: Setting rational standards and clarifying irrational beliefs. Barry Barnes and David Bloor (hereafter: B&B) argue in their text Relativism, Rationalism, Sociology of Knowledge, that the rationalist’s arguments are insufficient and cannot withstand the grounds of relativism.1 Barry Barnes en David Bloor, Relativism, Rationalism and the
Imagine visiting a museum and coming upon a great hall that contains a full-size ship on display. On an informational placard, you read that the ship used to sail the seas in the nineteenth century, but that it is still sea-worthy today. You might then continue your tour with a belief that corresponds to your evidence: the ship is sea-worthy. Most would intuitively consider this belief justified, as
Hi Sabine, It's been quite a while, but to take the time for this is not necessarily a bad thing :). In response to our conversation: Maybe it's good to give a bit more detail about what inspiration is to me. I created the visual below with a more detailed definition that also shows the relation of inspiration to the four characteristics of artworks I mentioned. Plus, a
Future Based Podcast addresses issues ranging from the natural sciences and philosophy to art, technology and economics; a different subject will be highlighted in every podcast. We will engage in discussions with academics, field specialists and experiential experts. In this first episode: Tom Kortbeek founder of ArtLab ( Kunstlab) on the potentials and pitfalls in ArtSciTech projects.
Fiction as Method arguing for an alternative route Can thought experiments produce new knowledge? In their debate, ‘Do thought experiments transcend empiricism?’1 Norton and Brown each take up opposing positions. In my view, both overlook a viable third position in considering the role that thought experiments can play in gaining knowledge. In this short paper I want to argue for an alternative way to approach thought experiments. According