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Sneaky. I can accuse of homonym?
---------- Post added 02-19-2010 at 08:34 PM ----------
The bills don't have to be identical. Their serial numbers vary. (Let's refine this.)
A trusted source, hypothetically perfect, assures a currency expert that one of two bills is counterfeit. It has been manufactured perfectly. It's an ideal counterfeit.
The expert cannot determine which bill is the so-called counterfeit. His boss tells him "screw it. Let's both just take one randomly and spend it."
They use the bills at the mall. They do not write down the serial numbers. A month later, what is the status of the two bills, from a practical point of view? The tiniest dew-drop of inflation?
---------- Post added 02-19-2010 at 08:36 PM ----------
From a practical point of view, I have no idea. But from the point of view of reality, they are different. And not only are they counterfeit, but they have different numbers,
Exactly 90 degrees off point. The point is that even an undetectable difference between X and Y is still a difference, and so, X and Y cannot be identical. (You can do whatever you please with the bills. It is irrelevant to the issue).
Why do you always get so stuck on examples? How about we talk about X's playdough and Y's playdough, would you have to nitpick that as well?
Because, as Kant wrote, "Examples are the go-cart of the intellect". If the examples don't work, then there is probably something wrong with the view they are examples of. The general point is this: it doesn't follow that because the differences between X and Y are undetectable, that there is no difference between X and Y. Don't you agree?
The same applies in broad terms to different views on reality, because we are all "first-person" viewers.
But at the same time, it might be suggested that in broad terms, we don't view all of reality the same way, or, turning to rephrase it, that we are in some circumstances able to transcend our "first person" viewpoint. Heidegger seems to be saying something like this in Being and Time.