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Mildred Purse on Chris Matthews

That Chris Matthews would do better not to use his broadcast to promote his book on Jack Kennedy. I might have to offer some reasons why he was not that great a leader.

Certain values are ontological

Kuhn: Paradigms, Incommensurability, and "Progess" in Science and .... | Serendip's Exchange:

"There is, I think, no theory-independent way to reconstruct phrases like 'really there'; the notion of a match between the ontology of a theory an its real' counterpart in nature now seems to me illusive in principle ... I do not doubt, for example, that Newton's mechanics improves on Aristotle's and that Einstein's improves on Newton's as instruments for puzzle-solving. But I can see in their succession no coherent direction of ontological development ... if the position be relativism, I cannot see that the relativist loses anything needed to account for the nature and development of the sciences." (p 206-7)"
What is missing in ontology is values and what is missing in values is a theory that proposes just what might be ontological values. Conceding that all such theories would be fallible would be an apt Peircean given. Conceding th…