Contrastivism (Philosophy)


Contrastivism, or the contrast theory of meaning is an epistemological theory proposed by Jonathan Schaffer that suggests that knowledge attributions have a ternary structure of the form ‘S knows that p rather than q’. (source: Wikipedia)

In regard to Free Will debate, both Compatibilist and Non-compatibilist are right in contrast to a certain position. Compatibilist are right if we talking about freedom from constraints, while Non-compatibilist are right if we are considering freedom from causation.

We can never know whether we are living in a Matrix or not (Skeptic is right), but we do know a lot of things by contrasting them. For instance, I know I am writing this on a blog, not a paper.

Can Science teach us everything?

Caspar asks: can science tell us everything there is to know about the world? He tells us about a famous argument that it can’t, sometimes called ‘the knowledge argument’ or ‘the Mary argument’, due to philosopher Frank Jackson. If the argument is right, then there are certain aspects of the world that we can’t learn about through science. In particular, we can’t use science to learn what it is like to see red, or taste coffee, or have other experiences.

Can Science teach us everything