This blog is dead — go to www.pilgrimnotwanderer.com


HOW FORMAL AND EXPLICIT ARGUMENTS REALLY WORK
June 10, 2008, 9:37 pm
Filed under: Philosophy | Tags: , , , ,

A thought experiment conducted out on the thin branches:

 

Suppose someone convinced to you that an explicit and formal argument that you put forward was faulty in some way.

Would you stop believing in the conclusion of the argument? Or would you be strongly inclined to think that the problem was with your particular formulation of the argument? If so, you’d try to reformulate it. You’d try to capture it in a better way.

Somehow an informal and tacitly known argument lurks beneath the formal and explicit one.

We know the whole argument before we attempt to explicitly formulate it. We don’t suddenly realize the conclusion as we finish explicitly formulating the argument step by step. The formal and explicit argument is an expression of the informal tacit argument.

Now we might eventually become convinced that the informal and tacitly known argument can never be expressed formally in a valid way. In this way, and I think ONLY this way, do we ever decide to give up an argument.

But even here, if it is true that all knowledge is either tacit or rooted in tacit knowledge, then in certain situations it may not count against an argument that it cannot be explicitly formalized according to a set of explicit logical rules.

Advertisements

Leave a Comment so far
Leave a comment



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s



%d bloggers like this: