Existing

Discussions on the nature of being, existence, reality and knowledge. What is? How do we know?

Re: Existing

Postby Serpent on January 30th, 2018, 11:47 pm 


In fairness....

If there is an I that can perceive an existence I exist

If there is an I that can falsely perceive an existence I still perceive

I perceive therefore I exist

Sure. With a few minor corrections to punctuation, and maybe some judicious editing, you have
Cogito, ergo, sum.

It keeps working century after century - within the teeny-tiny bubble of self-consciousness. Keeps proving nothing about anything to anyone outside the bubble.

And then?
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Re: Existing

Postby Inrealtime87 on January 31st, 2018, 10:24 am 

Serpent

Ok i'll come up with another one.
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Re: Existing

Postby Inrealtime87 on February 3rd, 2018, 6:16 pm 

Does it work if I only prove the existence of an object of experience? That is what we are to one another, objects of experience.

If there exists experience, necessarily a subject and an object of experience exist
There exists experience
Therefore a subject and an object exist
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Re: Existing

Postby Serpent on February 4th, 2018, 12:59 am 

Inrealtime87 » February 3rd, 2018, 5:16 pm wrote:Does it work if I only prove the existence of an object of experience? That is what we are to one another, objects of experience.

If there exists experience, necessarily a subject and an object of experience exist
There exists experience
Therefore a subject and an object exist

We have to have a definition of experience before we can use the word. That definition would necessarily include a consciousness which does the experiencing and events or processes for that consciousness to be aware of. The experiencer is presupposed in the definition. A second consciousness as object is not presupposed, because it's not necessary to "experience", which could be a war, a sunset, a meal or an itch.

What you've said there is:
If things exist, they exist.
( If they don't, they don't. )
What's been proved?
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