Thursday, June 15, 2006

An Ontological Puzzle


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't see it in those pictures, but the essential "dandelion-hood" has endured the change from state A (the first picture) to state B (the second picture).

8:52 PM  
Blogger Kieran Setiya said...

An excellent theory! I only recently discovered its truth, having earlier believed that there were simply two species of dandelion: the yellow ones, and the kind whose seeds you can blow away.

8:53 PM  
Blogger "Q" the Enchanter said...

Oh! Philosophy of flowers--my favorite topic.

Well, of course dandelionhood has endured, but that doesn't provide any grounding for an inherence relation from the shifting property sets to the individual taraxacumic substance; clearly in this case what is needed is a botanic particular.

Hope that helps.

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me of a statement made by (I think) Paul Feyerabend about the claim "All swans are white", and the discovery of black swans in Western Australia.

A genuine scientist, he said, would not have said,

"The discovery of black swans shows the original claim to be false."

but rather,

"You call those birds swans?!!! They're not swans. For a start, they are the wrong colour!"

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Kieran Healy said...

Golden lads and girls all must, / As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

11:52 PM  

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