Re: Ethics

Mitchell Porter (
Wed, 18 Dec 1996 09:20:44 +1000 (EST)

> "Downward causality"
> is empty eristic; the causality of rhetoric and psychology and culture
> is exactly the same kind of physical causality we know in other kinds
> of phenomena in the world.

"Eristic" = "wrangling, hair-splitting"? (That's a guess from the
dictionary definition at, which lists the
word as an adjective only.)