The task of philosophy
The task of philosophy, often a difficult and painful one, is to extricate and bring to light the hidden categories and models in terms of which human beings think, to reveal what is obscure or contradictory in them, to discern the conflicts between them that prevent the construction of more adequate ways of organising and describing and explaining experience (for all description as well as explanation involves some model in terms of which the describing and explaining ...
Philosophy doesn’t cut it
Philosophy doesn't cut it - the letters have all been combined in all possible ways Perhaps the love of wisdom is something for wet animals, the turtle, the frog, the earthworm? Cut in two, the earthworm continues to be. What is being? What wisdom can we aspire to, apart from not being cut in two?
A poet is a lazy philosopher - K. Choi, lazy poet
What is a ball?
Dear Miru, We were playing with a ball today, but you said it wasn't a ball. Or, as you put it, that the ball was "kapot". You meant that the ball lacked significantly in "ballness"; that its "ballness" was broken. I understand your intuition: The ball we were playing with didn't look like any other ...
Cognitive Dissonance
Cognitive Dissonance This is about overcoming obsolete dichotomies. Cognitive dissonance is the result of a paradox the receiver was unaware of. It discontinues her consequential reasoning. In other words: it stops her in her tracks, catches her off guard, and ideally makes her re-evaluate the basic assumptions of her belief. A paradox alone is not ...