Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Posted by dkuehn at 12:39 AM
Why? Because at least half a dozen times during the class he justified doing something because it was "useful", and he did it last week too. He was the one in the math review that said "being able to abstract in useful ways is useful", and at least twice he's said "I know this is wrong but it is very useful" (once talking about the equality of sets and another time talking about parallel lines). He's never propounded a philosophy of knowledge explicitly, but he is unapologetic about useful but potentially false premises that aid understanding.