This podcast explores the differences between the logical and empirical approach to gaining knowledge of the nature of our world and the kinds of knowledge to which both approaches is best suited.  Contributors also debate the idea that Truth is achievable, that absolute forms of knowledge exist and the importance of language in the construction of concepts relating to the nature of Reality.

Guest Bio: 

Victor Danilchenko

I was born in USSR. I have always been interested in sciences, but I became interested in philosophy as soon as I became cognizant of the issues beyond the daily minutae. I identified myself as a pantheist back then, and this hasn't changed. I left Ukraine when I was 16, and, having lived in a number of other countries, I eventually arrived in USA. In college, I consciously chose to pursue philosophy as a hobby, because I thought that doing it professionally would detract from the enjoyment of it. I studied informatics, got married, and got a bunch of kids. Through it all, philosophy remained a major interest in my life, especially epistemology.

Epistemically, I am a pragmatic physicalist with a phenomenological bent. I reject ontology outright, and I consider it to be a waste of neural activity except inasmuch as it's subsumed by epistemology anyway.  My main guiding interest is knowledge. Universe is my cathedral, knowledge is my worship, metaphorically speaking.

I have no writings or publications, except for those writings I make for my own benefit. My whole corpus of writings is the discussions and debates I have had with others over the years. I am vain enough, I don't need to further feed my vanity by writing at others.



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