I already operate by believing in an Ultimate Personal Mind as the ideal for comparison to identify specific objects as limited and somewhat self-contradictory versions of that Ultimate Personal Mind.
That's how I know you're a person, even if you are only myself.
In order to group things into a category, that category must be there already.
Who says neo-kantianism isn't fun?!
Saturday, December 23, 2006
I believe I have discovered a new argument for the existence of God, based on the meaning of person combined with an inventory of the most basic background assumptions a human being operates with. This is consistent with the truth being "held down" as Paul once said. Everything except acknowledgment of God is already assumed by all, which means that this is the secret God of atheism as well. This argument closely follows the Cogito of Descartes which says that one's own existence cannot really be doubted because doubting is itself an act carried out by a already-existing selfhood who does the doubting in the first place. I will prove that doubting or denying God assumes God implicitly in everything except the name.
by machinephilosophy on Saturday, December 23, 2006