Re: Group Entity "Illusion"

Ian Goddard (
Thu, 28 Jan 1999 13:48:25 -0500

At 10:31 AM 1/28/99 -0700, wrote:

>Perhaps I've misunderstood your posts. If by "collective entity" you mean
>simply a composite object, such as a galaxy or a person, I've no objection
>to your usage.
>I was under the impression that you wished to extend the term to include
>such non-objects as "society" and other relational systems which are often
>reified as some sort of "entity", giving rise to a certain class of
>category error. This is what I've been arguing against. If this is not what
>you have in mind, then we're in accord, and I apologize for fostering

IAN: I don't believe that a case has been made that the thing called "society" is an illusion. A group entity is an illusion because.... ???? Because it gives "rise to a certain class of category error." What class of category error?

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