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By Keith Ashman

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The "War" in technology is essentially the dialogue among those that think that technology is above feedback and those that don't. After the technological know-how Wars is a suite of essays by way of major philosophers and scientists, all trying to bridge interdisciplinary gulfs during this dialogue.

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40 Was Derrida that good a bluffer? Note also that although Derrida does not say what the Einsteinian constant is, he is willing to say things about it. If he is bluffing, this is a risky thing to do. For example, if Hyppolite’s constant is either the speed of light or the space-time interval, then calling it “the very concept of variability” does not seem like a good idea. So, contra Weinberg’s bluff hypothesis, we have support for the idea that both Derrida and Hyppolite thought that Derrida knew what Hyppolite was talking about and even for the possibility that he actually did.

A claim that the truth-value of a statement is not context-dependent is too strong for us to get evidence for it, much less proof. Yet many people believe otherwise. When they look around and see no context dependence, that is their evidence. Moreover, the idea of context independence is almost irresistible. When we formulate a statement, a relationship between it and the world is created that is itself in the world independent of us. Or so it seems. There are also counter-intuitions, for example, the constructivism of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and Wittgenstein’s discussion of rule following in his Philosophical Investigations.

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