OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
Well I guess my work is just about done here, when I get to play the dogmatist to Peter’s relativist. However, it’s an interesting topic of conversation to me so I’ll carry on…
For the record and to summarize what you probably already understand about my views, I’m making a distinction between what we know or believe or say about things like snow and dinosaurs and the mass execution of Jews by Nazis on the one hand, and the independent existence of such things on the other. If things exist independent of human awareness, then there’s a possibility that people can encounter those things as things in their own right, and through those encounters come to know something about them.
I can hear a perspective which says that things don’t exist outside of what we say to each other about them, but you’re right, Jacob: it is hard for me to imagine anyone really subscribing to that worldview, and I use the word “world” loosely. I will, however, take your word for it that you are one such person.