[hist-analytic] Eddington's Two Tables
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Jlsperanza at aol.com
Tue Jul 14 16:36:00 EDT 2009
In a post some time ago, S. R. Bayne wrote
>I thought I would
>"share with you" (".od" I hate the expression)
>two items I've added to Hist-Analytic. [...]
>The other is Eddington's statement on
>"Two Tables." it can be had at:
I've been keeping to find (without success) the ref. by Grice to these
things (Eddington's tables) and trying and intending (to find them).
I now see it was an UNPUBLISHED note yet again cited by Chapman, p. 177 of
And Eddington is credited in the name index.
"In [Grice's] notes from around this time , Grice compares
the vulgar and the learned with reference to what he [I add marginally, in
my book: and millions more. JLS] calls 'Eddington's table' and 'the vulgar
reference here is to Arthur Eddington's The nature of the physical
world, first published in 1928. Eddington begins his book, originally
delivered as a series of lectures, with the assertion that as he sat
down to write he was confronted with not ONE table but TWO. There
is the ordinary, familiar table: 'a commonplace object of that
environment which I call the world'. There is also a scientific table, an
object of which he has become aware only comparatively recently.
Whereas the ordinary table is SUBSTANTIAL,"
--- cfr. D. Frederick on hypercategorials
"the scientific table is mostly empitness, rushing about
with great speed; but their combined bulk amounts to less
than a billionth of the bulk of the table itself.' [end-note]. Eddington
argues that the two different descriptions of the table are
discreet and serve distinct purposes. Although they might
ultimately be said to describe the same object, the scientist
must keep the two descriptions separate, in effect ignoring
the 'ordinary table' and concentrating only on the
--- so far so good: elementary stuff, but recall the book is meant for
undergraduates in both lings. and philo.
Now, tersely, Chapman adds:
"Grice's brief notes suggest that he is happy
to accept both the vulgar and the
learned description of the table. There is,
he notes, 'no conflict ... Scientific purposes and
everday purposes are _distinct_'[emphasis Grice's. JLS]"
ENDNOTE FOR CITATION:
Grice, "Notes on 'vulgar' and learned'" -- H. P. Grice Papers,
BANC MSS 90/135c, The Bancroft Library, University of California,
cited by Chapman, p. 178
Nothing earth-shattering, but, as they say, for the record (of the annals
of analysis, as it were).
J. L. S.
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