Blobjectivism and art



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Blobjectivism and art

Matjaž Potrč


Austere realism allows for a multitude of non-vague objects. Blobjectivism, a species of austere realism, recognizes just one material object: the cosmos. Truth is normally a relation of indirect correspondence between language or thought and the blobject. Perception and conventional meaning are governed by normatively tight semantic standards, whereas artistic judgment is not.
Austere realism allows for a multitude of non-vague objects.

Austere realism is the view that there are not so many entities around as this is presumed by the nonreflexive approach of common sense. Common sense initially presupposes that there are cats, trees, chairs and mountains. But as it eventually gets into reflexive mode, some doubts about the existence of these entities tend to arise in common sense. The cat's composition changes as it grows from that kitten to this grown-up animal. And as it eats and drinks, it is even harder to determine which are the exact ingredients that enter into its constitution. Is it that molecule of water, or this other atom that was there in the food? As far as its physical basis goes, the composition of the cat seems to be arbitrary, and cat as an entity reveals itself to be vague. Now take a look at this mountain. You put a pin upon its top. Then you put a pin a centimeter away from the first one. And now there is the following reasoning: If the first pin is on the top of the mountain, so the second one must be upon that top as well. But the first pin is located upon the top indeed. And so has to be the second one. You continue to place pins in one centimeter distance further on along the slopes of the mountain. And as you reach what may be called the beginning of the mountain in the valley near the river, you will have to conclude that it is still located on the mountain's top. Now, you have started with the presupposition that the mountain exists. Applying the just mentioned procedure of sorites reasoning to it, you have ended up in a contradiction: the bottom of the mountain is identical to the top of the mountain. But this just cannot be the case. So you have to abandon the original presupposition that there exists a mountain. Generalizing this reasoning, you find out that vague entities that were presupposed by the common sense to be there, such as cats, trees, chairs and mountains just do not exist. So vague entities cannot be there, and this is actually recognized by the common sense itself as it gets into its reflexive mode. The result of our tiny investigation is that vague entities cannot exist. These vague entities considered as objects may be called slobjects. So slobjects cannot exist. But wait, don't we see cats and mountains to be there? This prompts us to improve our take upon things. Slobjects' existence cannot be recognized when metaphysical chips fall down, as we talk about what is there in the ultimate ontology. But slobjects may well be recognized to ex-sist in the everyday common sense mood. Anyway, the reflexive common sense comes to the conclusion that just non-vague entities may exist in the ultimate ontology. This is also the conclusion of austere realism, for austere realism allows just for the existence of non-vague entities. Let us call these non-vague entities snobjects. They are allowed to be there in their multitude. But there will be no slobjects or vague objects around.




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