Date: Sat, 08 Apr 1995 23:44:08 -0500 (CDT)
Nathan, what Quine is arguing is that knowledge is not propositional
or 'judgemental' in Kant's terms. It is in this way that he is similar
to Deleuze. According to Deleuze and Quine, thought precedes the
proposition as statable in linguistic form. Now, for Quine 'thoughts'
do indeed consist in neurochemical processes. Unlike Deleuze, he
does not develop a metaphysics of the thought-event. Churchland, who
has a lot more to work with than did Quine, has developed an epistemology
that takes into account the latest developments in neuroscience and
nonequalibrium thermodynamics. I dont know what Churchland might or
might not have in common with someone like Valera, but he is certainly
taken seriously by the American scientific community. Is he a Physicalist?
Yes. Is he a naive Physicalist? No. I'm jsut starting to work my way
through it, so i'll report as i go along. Does anybody out there know
anything about Churchland?