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classification and discourse
    #2234932 - 01/11/04 04:54 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

How often is philosophical discourse a matter of mere classification problems? always?

here is an excerpt from the book I'm reading:

the inadequecy of formal logic-

-Someone points to a young man whose beard is just beginning to grow and demands a reply to the question as to whether he does or does not have a beard. One cannot say he does not, for he has the begginings of one. One cannot say he does, for it is not yet a beard. In a word the beard is BECOMING; it is in motion; it is only a certain quantity of individual hairs which will one day become a quality called a beard.

The hairs growing on the chin of a young man are absolutely indifferent as to what name one will give them. There is no "transition" here from "quantity to quality" as the faithful so piously proclaim. The problem of "beard or no beard" arises from the language we use, from our system of classification.

-milosz


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