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Friday, December 31, 2010

'Bulverism' On Steroids

Determinism is 'Bulverism' Through A Looking Glass (and also on steriods). I say "through a looking glass" because it applies to all the determinist sees, himself included.

The "regular" 'Bulverist' asserts that "you're only saying that because you're [X]" (where '[X]' is some incidental fact, irrelevant to an argument, such as the sex or nationalist of the opponent). That is, the 'Bulverist' denies that his opponent has rational reasons for saying or believing the claim the 'Bulverist' denies, but rather that there exist merely causes which cause the opponent to say or believe what the 'Bulverist' denies. To put it another way, the 'Bulverist' is asserting that his opponent is unable to rationally comprehend truth, and thus to possess knowledge -- and he thereby dismisses the view he wishes to deny.

Nevertheless, the "regular" 'Bulverist' continues to hold that *he* is able (as are those who agree with him) to believe and say what he believes and says for reasons rather than merely due to causes. The "regular" 'Bulverist' continues to hold that *he* is able to rationally comprehend truth; he continues to hold that *he* is able to to possess knowledge.

Or, to put it another way, determinism is 'Bulverism' with that glaring logical inconsistency worked out. Determinism dismisses *all* possibility of anyone rationally comprehending truth and possessing knowledge.

2 comments:

Codgitator (Cadgertator) said...

Yes. I recently engaged One Brow about determinism and contingency and at one point he said he distinguishes between ontological and epistemological necessity, in order to preserve the contingent falsifiable progress of science on the one hand and in order not to admit the bogey of free will on the other. But I replied he has no intelligible basis for such a distinction, since for him, all epistemological inquiries and states of mind are but functions of an underlying, deterministic causal basis.

Tarquin Mahoney said...

THE BULVERIST IS IN FACT THE ORIGIN AND PERPETRATOR OF THE TERM "GASLIGHTING", A TERM USED TO DESCRIBE THE MINIMISING AND "CRAZY-MAKING " BEHAVIOUR OF THE DOMESTICALLY ABUSIVE NARCISSISTS OR MANIPULATIVE CALLOUS PSYCHOPATH.
iTS USED IN PARTICULAR TO BELITTLE MINORITIES (AND OFTEN IN TURN BY THEM TO "DFEEND" THEMSLEVES).
a SOCIAL TACTIC OF SUBVERSION OF MORALISTIC OBLIGATION AND BLAME ONTO ANYONE BUT THEMSLEVES, THE DOMINO EFFECT ENSUES, NARCISSISTICALLY ABSOLVING ONESELF FROM BLAME BECOMES A SOCIAL NORM AND AN INDIFFERENT AUTISTICALLY ABUSED CULTURE OF BLAME AVOIDANCE OCCURS,
AND ITS THE CORE DEFLECTIVE BEHAVIOURAL ASPECT OF PATHOLOGICAL NARCISSISTIC AND PSYCHOPATHIC PERSONALITY DISORDERS.
SOON AS WE ALL TWIG THIS?
THEY ARE FUCKED,
NO WILLINGNESS TO TAKE BLAME, = YOU GET NO RESPONSIBILITY .