tjohnson Posted September 25, 2007 Share Posted September 25, 2007 Hey Micheal, guess what? I found an example of 'stolen concept' in Science and Sanity but the idea originated with a professor named Josiah Royce;Royce shows that there are certain activities which we reinstate and verify through the very fact of attempting to assume that these forms of activity do not exist, or that these laws are not valid. If any one attempts to say that there are noclasses whatsoever in his world, he thereby inevitably classifies. If any one deniesthe existence of relations, and, in particular, a semantic relation between affirmationand denial, or affirms that ‘yes’ and ‘no’ have one meaning, in that breath he affirmsand denies. He makes a difference between ‘yes’ and ‘no’, and emphatically assertsrelational equivalence even in denying the difference between ‘yes’ and ‘no’.And Without objects conceived as unique individuals, we can have no Classes. Without classes we can, as we have seen, define no Relations, without relations we can have no Order. But to be reasonable is to conceive of order-systems, real or ideal.Therefore, we have an absolute logical need to conceive of individual objects as theelements of our ideal order systems. This postulate is the condition of definingclearly any theoretical conception whatever. The further metaphysical aspects of theconcept of an individual we may here ignore. To conceive of individual objects is anecessary presupposition of all orderly activity. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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