Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Paradox of Analysis and Reduction
Lots of interesting issues came up today. One of them concerned what, exactly, we're trying to do when we attempt to give a philosophical analysis. Jeff King has a good discussion of that issue here. Another issue concerned reduction. One idea we discussed was that a reductive account of something gives some sort of account in terms of a more fundamental ontological level. This presupposes that there are distinct ontological levels and some are more fundamental than others in the sense that more fundamental levels are more real than less fundamental levels. Ned Markosian discusses that presupposition here.