Greta wrote:One hopes that when talking of what kinds of things can be true and what makes them so, that those discussions are grounded on prosaic facts of today's reality...creativesoul wrote:Greta seems to be using the term "truth" as reality, they way things are, states of affairs, etc. While this makes perfect sense in many conversations, it is found to be sorely lacking when it comes to talking about what sorts of things can be true and what makes them so.
Hmmm. I'm left wondering if I understand what sense of "fact" you're using here. Seeing how the statement above necessarily presupposes there being more than one, I suspect that what you're calling "facts" are what I call "states of affairs".
Interesting topics in their own rights......Otherwise we might find ourselves declaring this, that or the other to be "just an illusion". Or we fight figure that the likelihood of us actually being brains in vats or just simulations run by advanced future beings is greater than us simply existing as is.
In my experience, declaring this that or the other "just an illusion" is philosophically dead in the water, and...
Brain in a vat hypotheticals are nothing more than what can happen when one fails to properly take account of the necessary and sufficient conditions for thought/belief about the world and/or ourselves. A brain is necessary but insufficient.