File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2003/bhaskar.0312, message 333

Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2003 09:47:48 -0600
Subject: Re: BHA: RE: Reading Texts

Hi, Dick,

At 11:47 AM 12/21/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>>What you have written makes sense to this self-styled "critical realist."   But we have no pope of CR, who can proclaim what is and is not the vera doctrina.<<

Thanks. What I posted here the other day is a summary of a paper I presented at the annual meeting of an New Religious Movements conference, my primary specialty area.

>>I like to add other sensory metaphors to your "point to," ,which suggests a visual metaphor for knowing,  Words can be intellectual tools by which we touch, grasp, taste, hear, smell, etc. the realities to which you refer.  I believe they facilitate our knowing realities -- Steve believes that they get in the way to such an extent that we never really do touch "the Real."<<  

That is basically how I see it. I have difficulty with what Wideman and others have referred to as "linguistic realism," the view that, not only does language conform to the rules of syntax and grammar, but that it necessarily points to something "out there." I can talk about the yehti (abominable snowman) until I am blue in the face, but I will never be able talk it into existence.

Mark A. Foster *
"Sacred cows make the best hamburger" 
-- Mark Twain and Abbie Hoffman 

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