Re: [xmca] Monism Is Not Reductionist

From: Martin Packer (packer@duq.edu)
Date: Sun Mar 11 2007 - 17:42:01 PST


And Andy, when you say 'David,' I presume you mean Martin? :)

But you're not saying, are you, that our thinking necessarily 'correlates'
with the concepts formed in our activity? I mean, a commodity is a
commodity, whether or not I recognize this in my thinking.

Martin

On 3/11/07 6:24 PM, "Andy Blunden" <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:

> 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.
> Andy
> At 06:03 PM 11/03/2007 -0600, you wrote:
>> David,
>> 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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