[lit-ideas] Re: A Connoisseur's Guide to the Noumenon

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My last post today!
We are using 'connoisseur' and wondering what Popper might have said about  

In a message dated 9/10/2014 9:25:02 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx asks:

>where dost Popper ever remark thus?

-- i.e. that connoisseurs are no connoisseurs.
Well, for starters. There's 
"Critical rationalism is an epistemological philosophy advanced by Karl  
Popper. ... [A] [c]ritical rationalist[... such as Popper was] hold[s] that  
scientific theories and 
[emphasis Speranza's]
can and should be rationally criticized, and (if they have empirical  
content) can and should be subjected to tests which may falsify them. Thus  
claims to knowledge may be contrastingly and normatively evaluated. They are  
either falsifiable and thus empirical (in a very broad sense), or not  
falsifiable and thus non-empirical. Those claims to knowledge that are  
falsifiable can then be admitted to the body of empirical science,  and then 
further differentiated according to whether they are retained or are  later 
actually falsified. If retained, further differentiation may be made on  
the basis of how much subjection to criticism they have received, how severe  
such criticism has been, and how probable the theory is, with the least 
probable  theory that still withstands attempts to falsify it being the one to 
be  preferred."
The argument goes on as follows.
Suppose a connoisseur says:
i. I am a connoisseur.

By the law of Descartes, this yields.
ii. If I am I connoisseur, I can't be wrong.
But Popper, as per the above, challenges the consequent of (ii), 
iii. I can't be wrong.
Therefore, Popper is suggesting (or at most implicating) that there are no  
'true'* connoisseurs.
* Grice calls "true" in "true connoisseur" a trouser-word. "I borrow the  
phrase from Austin. Sexist, I confess but should do for now" (Grice thought  
'trouser word' a sexist expression because it is expanded by Austin as "the 
word  that wears the trousers" -- implicating that there is a gender 
implicature in  the wearing of this piece of costume that some Scots may cancel 
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