Saturday, September 19, 2009

Caring and fundamentality

One of my basic driving intuitions is that the things we should most care about are the ones that are most fundamental ontologically. This intuition drives me away from micro-reductionism (facts about people, animals and the like reducing to properties of microscopic stuff) and towards macro-reductionism (facts about particles, at least sometimes, reduce to facts about the macroscopic things they are "part" of).


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Eric Telfer said...

And when we do care, which comes very naturally, we can later probe that caring, both in terms of what it takes to care and what is cared for, to find that the ontologically important things are cared for, implicitly, already, at least in a certain sense and to a certain degree, even if not in the sense or to the degree required for certain purposes.