TA 110 (Mind and Metaphysics)


Commentary 12 (to C7ff Metaphors we live by, Lakoff & Johnson)




by Slavoj Hontela

12 November 2008, posted 3 January 2009




Regarding the book of George Lakoff and Mark Johnson I would appreciate clarification of some definitions of terms used in this chapter.  The term metaphysics is considered by some authors as a word belonging into the philosophy dictionary, because it's abstract and of purely subjective quality.  It’s meaningless.  But in present article “it remains it remains the basis of all views that proclaimed that the reality is mind-dependant."   Why is the result “an eventual relapse into metaphysics ?"



I have the impression that just due to progressing empirical-posiitivist-analytical way of thinking there is diminishing tendency for metaphysics.   People are more rationalistic and materialistic.  What does  analytical metaphysics" mean ?   How could a subject of an abstract quality be analyzed, by what means ?



Isn’t it a contradiction in terms to put together ”an idealism which claimed absolute knowledge” ?   What it means to speak about construction and deconstruct!on of metaphysics ?



How does without  a complete de-constructive metaphysics ontology and why MIR-relapse always occur (?)”



Why does subjective experience always have a holistic aspect?




Slavoj Hontela

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