Can a material reductionist honestly declare that he “likes” anything?
In a January 2008 entry, “A Darwinian nihilist who undercuts our civilization while boasting of getting a ‘free ride’ on it,” I told commenter “Albert Nock” that as a radical material reductionist he had no right to undercut the entire basis of values and the entire basis of civilization, and then declare that he “liked” European civilization.
In the discussion thread, Laura Wood wrote:
You took Albert Nock to task for saying he “liked” European civilization. But, it seems perfectly reasonable for an evolutionist to say he likes European civilization. If the horse could speak, he would say he likes oats. The hen would say she likes dried corn. That is what Nock means. He likes European civilization because it causes pleasant intellectual sensations. To him, these are similar to the oats and corn in aiding physical survival.
I just told Laura Wood in an e-mail that her January 2008 comment about “Albert Nock” was “not just brilliant, but brilliantissimo.”
Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 22, 2012 12:54 PM | Send