Scientific Thinking LO22057

Thomas A. Lifvendahl (
Wed, 30 Jun 1999 08:56:41 -0500

Replying to LO22033 --

I would suggest that a pragmatist would be interested in why ghosts are
considered worthy of study, the rational behind the belief system that
makes them "real" to the believer, and impact "ghosts" have on one's
perception of reality. Pragmatics seeks to define reality around what
people hold as true, thus the existence of ghosts is reified because
believers say they exist, not because they actually do. Thus, a
pragmatist seeks to reflect on why I hold a given belief and how my own
interpretation of "ghosts" came into existence.

Winfried Dressler wrote:

> This comment on John Gunklers mail is going to be philosophical again
> (compared to my other contribution of today). So just skip it, if you
> don't like to spend time on "theoretical" considerations.


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