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Perception/RortyVsFodor: supposing, we needed an abstract recipe for the recognition of similarities among potentially infinite differences. Why does the recipe has to be abstract? Probably because we have to be able to find out similarities. But then we do not need the idea of a "non-abstract" recipe, because each recipe must be able to provide this.
E.g. Rorty: the possible qualitative variations of the contents of a package of chocolate chip cookies are also potentially infinite.
Rorty: So when we speak of "complex expectation systems" or programs or control systems, we are always talking about something abstract.
Dilemma: either the explanation of acquisition of control systems requires postulating additional control systems, or they are not learned.
Either 1. infinite regress, because what applies to the recognition would also apply to learning.
Or 2. We end up back at Ryle: the people have a non-learned ability._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
Der Spiegel der Natur Frankfurt 1997
Philosophie & die Zukunft Frankfurt 2000
Kontingenz, Ironie und Solidarität Frankfurt 1992
Eine Kultur ohne Zentrum Stuttgart 1993
Solidarität oder Objektivität? Stuttgart 1998
Wahrheit und Fortschritt Frankfurt 2000