[OPE-L:8273] phenomenality

From: Christopher Arthur (cjarthur@waitrose.com)
Date: Fri Jan 03 2003 - 12:23:30 EST

Michael E has put up a series of interesting mails I am only now trying to
catch up with. To begin at a general level.
You contrast the study of 'phenomenality' with a theory of 'explanation'
(which seems to be put generally, not just as a contrast with Cartesian
accounts of explanation?). I think I see what is meant if it is similar to
my insistence on tracing the deialectic of forms before any question of
correlating magnitudes can be attempted. However the distinction cannot be
pressed too far. It would be foolish to seek to explain before grasping the
character of what it is that is to be explained; but equally how could one
claim to know what something is without at the same time having an account
of how it came about and is sustained. Even if value is a groundless social
form something so peculiar requires an explanation of how it can exist.

Chris A

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