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David Hume and The Problem of Reason: Recovering the Human by Robert M. Danford

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Gayatri C. SpivaB (Baltimore, 1974) and Margins of Philosophy, trans. Kuhn and Social Science(New York, 1982); and David Bloor, Wittgenstein: A Social Theory of Knowledge (New York, 1983). 4. For an interesting approach to such an account, see Humberto and Francisco J. Varela, Autopoiesis and Cognition (Dordrecht, Boston: Reidel, 1980). 5. Here and below, to appropriate an utterance (a value judgment or any other type) means to adopt, apply or employ someone else’s utterance for one’s own purposes.

Continuously reinforced by the undeniability of just such relative diffetence which, however, in accord with certain conceptual operations perhaps endemic to human thought, are typically binarized, polarized, absolu,tized and hierarchized. ) What the present account suggests is not only that there are other parameters by which the value - goodness or badness - of utterances can be measured, but that there are other ways in which all value, including that of utterances, can be conceived. As we have seen, value judgments may themselves be considered commodities.

Individual verbal transactions are always constrained, therefore, by the nature of the social and political relationships that otherwise obtain between the parties involved, including their nonsymmetrical obligations to and claims upon one another by virtue of their nonequivalent roles in those relationships, us well as by their inevitably unequal resources and nonsymmetrical power relations within the transaction itself. ) To imagine speech-situations in which all such differences were eradicated or equalized and thus “free” of all so-called “distortions” of communication is to imagine a superlunary universe - and even there?

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