Traits and/or states

Kirk Fitzhugh kfitzhug at NHM.ORG
Thu Oct 30 11:34:13 CST 2003


At 01:28 PM 10/30/03 -0600, you wrote:
>And so a flower is not a flower but a grammatical construct?

Assuming you are a realist, a flower does exist as an observer-independent
object. But the statement, "I see a flower with red petals," is a
theory-laden construct intended to convert one's sense perceptions into a
familiar conceptual framework about what exists around us.

Kirk

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