Re: [Sartre] Re: Phenomenon (was: Philosophy)
- But this "law" that this presumed pattern "obeys" is a statement by
scientists, i.e., people. The law was developed by people to describe what
they saw in nature or what they produced from nature (e.g., Galileo dropping
balls from the Pisa tower). To say that events or patterns of events obey
laws (of science) is to remove the human element (producers of laws) from
laws & from science.
I think this what Sartre cautioned against. This is again reducing the
cultural order (from whence scientists come) to natural order (what occurs
without scientists). Catastrosphic natural events (earthquakes, hurricanes)
are catastrophic only via the imprimatur of humankind. But we are so
accustomed to removing the human element from science that we are baffled
when someone like Sartre put it back in.
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