A few weeks ago, the Times published an op-ed by Molly Worthen, Stop Saying ‘I Feel Like‘, in which she argues that the phrase betrays an intellectual cowardice of sorts among fashionable millennials; that by qualifying a position up front, they’re tacitly linking their position with a feeling or an emotion, and subtly conflating the subjective with […]
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Philosophical interpretation is tough. It takes a bit of craftsmanship; it is an art. But even arts have their methods. What is needed is a criteria to gauge adequacy of an interpretation. One such criterion is the principle of charity. Another is simply literal interpretation, that is to say, taking words at face value. These […]
Well then… First of all, we need to hit the introductory essay from this past month’s Harper’s – The Habits of Highly Cynical People by Rebecca Solnit. There are tones of Popper nested in between those lines – particularly in terms of how the extremes play out in what I’d consider ‘essentialist’ (all or nothing) ends, […]
I wanted to get the ball rolling early on this weekend’s meeting. The last few chapters of OSE 1 had some interesting points. First of all, RJ (I’m assuming it was RJ) added some significant bulk to the argument thread for OSE 1. Popper’s treatment of the PSE/USE themes (in Chapter 9) is definitely something I […]
Introduction Within the first few paragraphs Popper lays out the broad strokes of what he hopes to accomplish with these two volumes. In offering us his ‘research notes’ in book form, he hopes to: Examine difficulties facing us are a result of the growing pains, so to speak, in civilization moving from ‘closed society’ […]