Re: [xmca] Monism Is Not Reductionist

From: Andy Blunden (
Date: Sun Mar 11 2007 - 16:24:32 PST

And David, when you say 'practice', I presume you mean purposive activity,
as opposed to simply material action, such as digestion. Material actions
which are not 'practical' in this sense are not a relevantly necessary
substrate of concepts. It is only practice which is part of 'mind' which is
the relevant necessary substrate of concepts.Things that we do that have no
correlate in our thinking, such as the use of meaningful artefacts, are not
the basis for concepts.
At 06:03 PM 11/03/2007 -0600, you wrote:
>So when Andy writes 'If you mean that concepts do not exist other than in
>connection with human minds, then I agree,' I think what he *ought* to
>have said, perhaps what he meant to say, was that concepts do not exist
>other than in connection with human *practices*. I think wed agree that a
>'commodity' exists in the social world, not merely in a person's head. The
>'commodity form' is defined, created, by social practices, not in and by
>individual minds.

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