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Is Philosophy Just a 'Syndicate'?

'...there is no such thing as “philosophy” - this word, concept, or school - in the writings and historical records...' - Thorsten Pattberg

'IN THE old days of the three European missions – imperialism, colonialism, and orientalism – scholars insisted on the existence of Asian “philosophies” and, naturally, they called Asian thinkers “philosophers.”

'The world could entertain such fancy claims because those were immoral, lawless, and unscientific times. Today, scholarship knows better. There are two major problems with the “philosophy” in Asia theory.

'First, no matter how much the West spends on indoctrination, there is no such thing as “philosophy” - this word, concept, or school - in the writings and historical records of India, China, or Japan prior to the arrival of the Europeans...'
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  • Dec 20 2013: What are the names of the fundamental colors? How many are there?

    According to Newton, we have red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Most people I know do not recognize indigo. They recognize only six spectral colors. There is evidence that Newton's inclusion of indigo was more due to his alchemetical beliefs--they HAD to be seven in number, since six had no mumbo-jumbo meaning--than to good observation. But let's move further afield. But let's move outside formalism and look at real language. A survey of 119 languages showed that a minority of them distinguished between green and blue as distinct, while a majority had one word for both. Does that mean that green and blue do not actually and cannot actually exist as distinct colors? Or does it mean that different cultures simply happen to slice up the world in different ways? After all, could not speakers of the non-differentiating languages claim that "blue does not exist" or "green does not exist" and that it is just a matter of "indoctrination" on the part of those whose languages do have such terms? Could they not claim that there is only ONE color that is dishonestly being split up by "immoral, lawless, and unscientific" people into the false "blue" and the false "green"?

    Philosophy does exist. Philosophy does not exist. Both of these statements are true, because the reality is more complex and continuous than that. What is the accurate, precise, and immutable border between chemistry and biology? What is the accurate, precise, and immutable border between biology and psychology? I could make a claim that "biology does not exist" and create an entire scientific edifice in which the functions of "biology" can be completely split up between "chemistry" and "psychology". Given that I professionally do all three, I assure you it can be done. The divisions are, ultimately, arbitrary and for the sake of convenience.
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      Dec 20 2013: If you ask a professional graphic artist like me what the basic
      colors are, we will answer blue, yellow, and red. All the other colors come
      from those three. I don't think I could accept any other answer because
      I can prove my statement.

      'What is the accurate, precise, and immutable border between chemistry
      and biology?...between biology and psychology?...'

      Who is legitimate to judge and answer all questions in the gray area?
      I see your point Bryan.
      • Dec 22 2013: If you ask a professional optical biologist what the basic colors are, you would get the answer "red, blue, and green", and you would be inundated with mountains of evidence to prove this. "Yellow" is just a mixture of blue and green when it comes to the way the eye works.

        However, if you ask a printer what the basic colors were, you'd hear "cyan, magenta, yellow, and black", and it could be proved by the printer showing an amazing panoply of color by mixing the inks properly.
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          Dec 23 2013: I would still accept the artist's proof above all Bryan.
          Mixing colors IS part of and exclusively the artist's job.
          Talking about 'gray area' lol
      • Dec 27 2013: Pigments are not colors. Pigments are substances that reflect certain colors. Light is colors. Our eyes cannot see yellow. Our eyes can see red, blue, and green. So-called "yellow" is just a mixture of blue and green, as anyone with understanding of the physical reality of color vision (which is of light, not of pigments) can tell you. Color is not pigment. Paints do not have color. Paints have physical properties that manifest in different reflectivities to different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is these wavelengths that produce the neurological response that we call "color". Everything other than that is secondary interpretation and not part of the primary reality of color.

        Your volley.
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          Dec 27 2013: Wow Bryan. You will put to shame many 1970s art students
          and even professors with your 'lecture', which sounds like a philosophy
          lecture. I think your claim 'light is colors' finally made me concede
          because I know it's truth. Kudos again my new philosophy coach!

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