[Wittrs] Re: Strawson on Experience and Experiencers

  • From: "BruceD" <blroadies@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 20:52:55 -0000

--- In Wittrs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Joseph Polanik <jPolanik@...> wrote:

> suppose you imagine yourself in a high alpine meadow on a sunny day
> discussing philosophy with a blue unicorn. is that a case of knowing?
> would say 'no'.) is that a case of experiencing? (I would say 'yes').
> hence, knowing is a subset of experiencing.

I can along with this: We can be immersed in the immediacy of experience
without reflection, on the one hand. On the other, we can recognize that
we are having a conversation with a blue unicorn, be puzzled, alarmed,
and yet feel that something came of it.

Let's see how close I am to you.

1- For me, there is a psychological state in which we are cognizant of
being a person, a agent who is having and manipulating this state. There
are other states in  which this doesn't hold.

2- One can, if wishes, as some Buddhists texts do, claim that the sense
of agency is an illusion and that the enlightened state is "thoughts
without a thinker."


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