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warrantless self-evidence: anti-foundationalist stance on logic

warrantless self-evidence: anti-foundationalist stance on logic



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Published by Diory Rabajante
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A ThesisPresented toThe Faculty of the Division of PhilosophyDepartment of HumanitiesCollege of Arts and SciencesUniversity of the Philippines Los BañosIn Partial Fulfillmentof the Requirements for the Degree of
April 2007
The Author …was born four days before the first anniversary of the First People Power revolution in the Philippines, in a town where Jose Rizal's mother was detained,in a province famous for Buko pie, kesong puti and uraro; is not the youngest nor the eldest among one subtracted to four children of the seventh child among twelve of her parents and of the third child among five of his parents; waseducated in a Catholic school since age four until age 16; was admitted to a state- subsidized university that is supposed to be a training ground for the futureleaders of the country to join the crowd of bluffers, brainstormers and philosophy-lovers and…and…and…(a history and an infinity of possibilities).
If it was Hume who made Kant awakened from the latter's dogmatic slumbers, itwas being bumped on a wall that awakened me from whatever sort of slumber I hadwhile I was walking. I cannot claim that the slumber I had is a dogmatic one, because Ihad such slumber while on a journey. I had a confidence with the ideas that I was thenupholding because I was confident with the path where I was walking. But being bumpedmade me ask why I was bumped. Was it because I was having a slumber while walking?Or because I was mistaken with my manner of walking? Or was it simply because there isa big wall where I was walking? Is the blame to be rightfully given to the ideas that I hadupheld, the approach that I had taken or the loophole in the ideas and/or theories that Ihad observed? I guess I have to blame the three for making me now walk on a different path and have a new slumber (again) while walking.I should not be blamed for sleeping while walking (I literally am not). I wouldrather sleep or strongly uphold ideas while walking or going on with my life. Theslumber I have is determined by my manner of walking; the ideas that I uphold aredetermined by my approach towards different things. Bumping on a wall is indicative of the fact that I already have to open my eyes and decide whether the wall is too large thatit already means I have reached a dead end. If this means that I have to take a new route,then I would. But when I walk on my new route, I would again take a slumber. Such isthe rule. I cannot walk without sleeping. I cannot just go on without upholding beliefsthat may serve as burden in knowing whether there is a wall in the road. I have to take thechallenge of walking while sleeping.What follows is a story of a new journey that I have - a walking while sleeping in anew route. Along my old journeys, a lot had influenced me with the approaches that I wastaking and had helped me recognize the wall/s in the paths that I was taking. It is of my pleasure to send them my gratitude.Though he does not know me, I would like to thank Robert Pirsig for allowing meto ride in his motorcycle. His "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" is a greatmotorcycle ride that made me challenge the way I was taking my old journey. Though Ido not assent to much of his claims, he has influenced my act of recognizing the wall inmy old route. I also thank Mr. John Ian Boongaling for challenging my views. He madeus write a paper about the question "can logical principles be falsified by experience?" for our PHLO 150 (Epistemology) class. His comments on my paper made me
to writean enquiry on logic. This thesis is a product of such want. He also served as the critic of this thesis. Pirsig's book and my short essay on logic for PHLO 150 class are the twoinitial influences in my writing of this thesis.Much gratitude is also given to my adviser, Prof. Arlyn Pinpin-Macapinlac for  patiently scrutinizing my work and for giving my thesis a chance of being scrutinized,from the content to the technical matters, despite her strict schedule. Her motherly aurainspires us, her advisees, to work harder (and think harder). I also thank Mr. Robert Bassof the Coastal Carolina University for answering my questions. He is the only person inthe online community to whom I have sent an e-mail that answered my questions. Prof.

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