That'll be interesting. Thanks. Though I wasn't talking about "tenable". In fact, I'd like to be as clear as possible why I concluded what I did in light of her piece. It's about 3/4 page so I'm sending it here as an email instead of as a comment. (Is that okay?)
I'll take your word for it, but I'll owe you a buck if she disagrees with it. (I wouldn't want to back her into a corner -- but the reasoning is all hers.)
"Perhaps I'll find that example, regarding the epistemological validity of faith..."
Nope. Not with Elgin; in fact, just the opposite. In "True Enough" (though she could have said the same thing in two or three pages instead of 23) she clearly states why science is in fact epistemologically valid and for the same reason why faith is not. (Clearly explained on the last page.)
Is there anyone that you know of that specifically addresses the validity of faith as an epistemological approach? I'm afraid Elgin would take your opposite.
Thanks for the feedback, though it took me half the day to find Kate Elgin's paper "True Enough"; strangely, Harvard didn't offer it without an account there, which I don't have, but I finally found it at Rutgers. This ought to be fun. Perhaps I'll find that example, regarding the epistemological validity of faith... But I can see right away why you changed the question from knowledge to understanding. It's the first thing she does.
Impressive set of accomplishments [regardless of age]. I take my hat off to you. Keep up the good work.
You said you "...have a strong interest in Aesthetics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Education." If you don't mind I'd like get your take on three things: 1.) Is faith epistemologically valid? 2.) Is the universe deterministic? 3.) Is aesthetics analog or digital (just joking); no really, how do you measure - or even discuss-aesthetics (as form? function? grace? morality?), what?
I just today heard a story of a women who had adopted a blind 3-week old kitten, even though at a very tough time in her life, and I found myself wanting to give her a personal hug for such a kind act. To me, that's aesthetics, that's morality, that's grace and beauty. But so is the mundane roar of an ocean front. And so it the symmetry of a spider's web designed to trap so it suck the life out of another living thing. Please... what the hell is aesthetics?
BTW, these are not some sort of tests; I'm just wondering what's inside such an accomplished brain.
Well, it's not so much a bike as a can't-afford-a-car. And it will be awesome-er when I get it back home and repaired. Tire blowout a couple weeks ago courtesy of a random mechanic who didn't pay attention in class the day they went over air pressure in heat and elevation. Suffice to say, my 'controlled wipeout' was a lot better controlled in my mind than in real life. But I'll live. ;-)
Wow, after reading that list of accomplishments, I'm surprised you're so young! That prison program sounds wonderful. I was a musical theatre major at a school for performing arts for high school (my geeky days of Broadway and Dungeons & Dragons).
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