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In Kyoto, fully-fledged geisha are known as geiko.

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A maiko is a young lady training to become a geiko, usually between the ages of Outside of Kyoto, she is known as hangyouku. She will train for five years in order to call herself geiko. Tea ceremony, flower arranging, traditional dancing and singing, and musical instruments like the shamisen are just a few of the skills she must learn. She will also practice the art of conversation, etiquette and entertainment on the fly by entertaining clients — usually in the company of a more experienced geiko.

After becoming a geisha, her work is never done. She will continue to take classes and practice to hone her skills whenever she is free. Today, Kyoto geiko or geisha are still the most expensive and highly sought-after of all geisha. Numerous fictional accounts of geisha have been written, in Japan and abroad. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden introduced a lot of people in the west to this mysterious world. But it is, first and foremost, a work of fiction, simply inspired by the life of a real geisha. It is also not the custom of a geisha to sleep with patrons who are regulars or who have a special relationship with her.

More important is how and why we do Nenbutsu.

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Holding prayer beads is similar. When attending a Buddhist service, we carry prayer beads. It is as if they grasped the Buddha directly with bare hands. The Master certainly never said that we should venerate the Buddha by discarding the beads. We put the beads around our hands in gassho. We do this to express respect for others. Holding prayer beads means showing respect for the Buddha and other people. In Japan, my teacher taught me about human nature. He said generally we know about acting respectfully, but often forget and become careless. For example, when we first enter a Japanese-style room, we open the sliding door using both hands, which is proper.

Finally without thinking, we may even open the door using a foot. This is what my teacher taught me about human nature again and again. So what does the string of prayer beads mean? In Buddhism, each bead shows our blind passions or deluded mind such as The Three Poisons—greed, anger and ignorance.

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Therefore the meaning of holding the beads is to hold our blind passions. Thus the correctness of the picture is not defined in terms of the correctness of a performance but vice versa. But note that it is the espousals that generate the regularities, not the rules themselves: Sellars cannot grant causal efficacy to rules without hypostatizing norms as abstract entities and thereby violating his own naturalism, which forbids recourse to supernatural causation. If rules are constituted through the espousals of language-using animals, and espousals are the result of training, i.

And without it, the attempt to ground the correctness of assertion in the correctness of picturing becomes otiose. Sellars is well aware of this difficulty and provides some of the resources required to address it.

The key to his response is the idea that rule-governed conceptual competence is itself a kind of practical know-how, but one generated through cultural rather than biological conditioning. The distinction between pattern-governed behavior and rule-governed activity is not a difference in kind; rather, rule-governed activity is a species of pattern-governed behavior: a recursive loop generated through the interaction between complex patterns. It is a patterning of patterns; but a patterning executed through the same kinds of causal mechanisms that generate patterns in general.

Sellars illustrates this idea by modeling the distinction between pattern and rule in terms of the distinction between game and metagame:. The metagame states the rules governing the game.

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The rules of a language consist of the formally stated rules of material inference specifying the proper function i. Such rules can only be stated at the metalinguistic level. The rules of an ordinary game specify the permissible ways pieces in the game can be moved.

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These rules are explicitly stated in the metagame; they are not part of the game itself they are not pieces in the game. But competence in the game requires competence in the metagame. In Sellarsian parlance they represent the language-entry transition from game to metagame perception ; the intra-language transition within the metagame inference ; and the language-exit transition from metagame to game action :. But perception, reasoning, and action must enable language users to find their way around in the world and satisfy their needs.

If linguistic competence makes a difference in the world, language must be articulated with the world despite the fact that its conceptual structure does not directly reflect the structure of reality. Inferential competence is constrained by the need to map the world correctly. But what is the criterion of cartographic, which is to say pictorial, adequacy? It is formulated using our extant conceptual categories, and as such is internal to our signifying scheme and dependent upon our available predicative resources. Yet it can still be used to track the correlation between conceptual order and real patterns.

This is the point at which the Rortyan objection raises its head.

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Since picking out these empirical facts will depend on our conceptual resources, which are norm-governed, all we are doing is comparing facts with other facts; specifically, facts about linguistic objects with facts about nonlinguistic objects. But the criterion of correctness will be internal to our system of linguistic conventions in both cases. Facts about pictorial adequacy are just that: facts. And like all facts, they will depend on historically circumscribed fact-stating resources, just as they will be intelligible only within the extant space of reasons in terms of which we justify all assertions concerning matters of fact.

Thus picturing fails to provide a truly independent, which is to say, nonnormative criterion of adequacy for the alleged correspondence between the normative and real orders. Since any mapping function correlating the factual properties of linguistic items with those of nonlinguistic items will be more or less arbitrary, we cannot use it to establish a criterion determining the degree of pictorial adequacy between linguistic assertions and nonlinguistic reality.

Given the arbitrariness involved, we could just as reasonably proclaim an ever-increasing divergence, rather than convergence, between our linguistic pictures and nonlinguistic reality. But the objection misses something important. What we know about the world is always accompanied by what we know about our knowing about the world. Empirical science is not just the accumulation of facts about the world but also and increasingly the accumulation of facts about how we know the world.

These facts help us orientate ourselves: they contribute to a narrative of our cognitive evolution that develops as part of our ongoing understanding of our biological and social history. Cognitive progress is not only charted in terms of knowledge of facts, but also through facts about knowing.

And knowledge does not only develop in the dimension of cumulating facts about the world but also in the dimension of integrating facts about knowing into our knowledge of the world. The veritable telos of cognitive enquiry is not exhaustive description but practical transformation: the integration of knowing and doing such that what we know about the world and our place in it allows us to transform both it and ourselves in order to realize our various purposes; purposes which are not fixed but perpetually redefined in light of what we come to know.

The criterion of adequacy for picturing is internal to the signifying order because it is through reasons that we formulate our purposes. We do not measure this adequacy by stepping outside the conceptual order and comparing its degree of correspondence to the nonconceptual order. Rather, we use the conceptual resources of matter-of-fact discourse to try and make material mode statements about the second-order isomorphism between the properties connecting representings and the properties connecting the objects they represent. The mapping function does not preexist this discursive activity; it is constituted in and through the discourse that seeks to capture it.

The attempt to uncover causal invariances between certain features of assertions and certain features of objects is part of the activity that contributes to the determination of the function. Thus the criterion of pictorial adequacy is also practical, not just theoretical: it is formulated in terms of the degree to which what we know about the correlation between representing and represented allows us to realize our purposes in the world.

The adequacy at issue here is practical and transformative, not theoretical and contemplative. For Sellars, as for Hegel, the ideal is not an inert supernatural phantasm, but something that actualizes itself in and through the real. Because we are norm-governed creatures, our performances can be judged in terms of the principles they ought to embody. Even the claim that our performances fail to embody these principles presupposes the authority of the ideal on which we have defaulted.

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In this regard, empirical facts about the systematic uniformities between linguistic items and nonlinguistic objects are still facts about objects, not about concepts. That we need norms to state facts does not entail that all the facts we state are ultimately about norms. The Rortyan objection moves from the premise that all factual properties are norm-governed to the conclusion that all factual properties are normative properties.

The premise is true but the inference is invalid and the conclusion is false. What can we conclude from this account? First, a lesson concerning immanence. What is transcendentally immanent is the difference between representables and things-in-themselves, not the fusion of sensing and being proclaimed by philosophies of immanence Bergson, Michel Henry. The distinction between the sensible and the supersensible is methodological, not ontological. But this means that those philosophies of immanence which begin from an experience allegedly lying beneath or beyond judgment, categorization, and representation, begin from an abstraction.

The way towards absolute knowing does not lie in plunging deeper into the alleged ineffability of subjective immediacy. Objective knowledge remains incomplete unless supplemented by knowledge of objectivating structure. This structure is spatiotemporal in a transcendental rather than empirical sense. Thus there are two dimensions of spatiotemporal structure: the one which we represent, and the one in which our representing unfolds.

The goal of cognitive enquiry consists in incorporating ever more facts about the structure of representing into every represented fact. This would be the naturalization of the involuted spiral of absolute knowing. In linguistic terms this means roughly that spatiotemporal predicates are essential not only to object-language statements, but to the metalinguistic statements that ascribe logical epistemic powers to linguistic forms.

It is not only what is represented that is represented as existing at a particular location in space and a particular point in time; representing itself is located in space and is actual in time—but a noumenal space and time that, although conceived as partially analogous to the space and time proper to perceptual experience, possess their own distinctive structures to be uncovered through some future alliance of physics and neurobiology.

What this amounts to is the claim that the logical powers of the concepts through which we apprize spatiotemporal reality are themselves spatiotemporally conditioned. As it progresses, the history of what we know incorporates within itself more and more facts about the empirical structure of knowing. The limit of this movement would be the point at which empirical sigma-tau facts about the structure of knowing are incarnated in the structure of empirical spatiotemporal facts.

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Wilfrid Sellars. Atascadera, CA: Ridgeview Publishing, This is not to say that conceptual intuitions deliver ultimate subjects of predication in the metaphysical sense. See Wilfrid Sellars. Atascadera, CA: Ridgeview Publishing.