We can always talk about a subject. But then sometimes we talk about the subject. For philosophers the subject is very important, and so it’s generally assumed every time someone starts talking about philosophy. Sometimes, though, I wonder if philosophers are a little loose in using terms, and then assume that philosophy is getting anywhere … Continue reading The Subject
This is a comment upon the post "Why using voice recognition software is an act of language philosophy" ...Sound or text patterns as received form (sensation) are undoubtedly separate from meaning (perception). They are clear as the difference between ear and nerve, and brain. The failure of the ear or nerve necessarily means the brain … Continue reading Language philosophy and the truth
PH: Because we know that the subject of reason rejects contradiction, we know one parameter of the modern subject. Me: What is the definition of subject? I honestly do not know the meaning of subject in this context. — you are not wanting to paint yourself into a corner, is what is happening. You know … Continue reading Subject and object
Reply: routes JULY 30, 2020 ~ SIGNATURE103 In reply to this post. A route is a path. There are two routes in philosophy. What are the two routes? I read to the end. lol. Good read, by the way. A route, is also a retreat. By “retreat” you mean a route of escaping from what? … Continue reading An example of the two routes appearing at the same time in reality.
In reply to this post. A route is a path. There are two routes in philosophy. What are the two routes? I read to the end. lol. Good read, by the way. A route, is also a retreat. By "retreat" you mean a route of escaping from what? This is a metaphor that assumes something … Continue reading Reply: routes
A route is a path. There are two routes in philosophy. A route, is also a retreat. One either has faith, or one doubts. But often enough, people think they are not having faith when they are doubting. But most often through their doubting they are really just upholding faith. Faith is that which is … Continue reading A philosophical route
A reply to preliminary-comments-on-the-existence-of-concepts First, a delineation. The idea that philosophy must be about finding or asserting what is more true of a situation is but one manner of philosophy. So the issue, really, for the existence of concepts, in answering the question of their existence, one should first address: what is being attempted in answering … Continue reading From concepts to Kierkegaard: a reply
There is an old philosophical methodological trope which says that everything has to do with meaning. Basically, this methodological trope says that I am allowed to ask you what you mean by any statement or term, and that this method constitutes philosophy as it only and must be at all times and everywhere. Basically, to … Continue reading On Unicorns
“ “There is no thing of concepts.” This is a response to the other post “Do concepts exist?” First, a delineation. The idea that philosophy must be about finding or asserting what is more true of a situation is but one manner of philosophy. So the issue, really, for the existence of concepts, in answering … Continue reading Preliminary comments on The Existence of Concepts
A Zen student came to Bankei and complained: 'Master, I have an ungovernable temper. How can I cure it?' 'You have something very strange,' replied Bankei. ' Let me see what you have.' 'Just now I cannot show it to you,' replied the other. 'When can you show it to me?' asked Bankei. 'It arises … Continue reading A Zen story
I am utterly serious when I say I do not believe concepts as things. I am not trying to be clever, only to point out that language fools us into believing that concepts exist as things. The self referential aspect of "concept" is what I am talking about. We can never escape concept-as-thing because this … Continue reading A serious “concept”
I like lightning strikes. As an event they are dramatic and violent. They cause damage and they may even kill. But I cannot "catch" a lightning strike like I can catch a lion or a tiger. It is an event, process, action of a thing, not a thing in itself. It is language that "catches" … Continue reading Do concepts exist?
This is a continuation of a conversation about the topic of unicorns with Hack. Here is the list of the conversation (correct me if I am mistaken, Hack) Hack: I say, "unicorn" and you know what I am talking about. 103 (me): Yes. Hack: So, because you and me know what we are talking about … Continue reading Unicorns
I don't mean jail terms. I mean what are your influences? Being Chinese, Asian culture influences informs my thinking. So does Buddhism, particularly Zen Buddhism. But not before Christianity (this is one is a negative influence). I am also informed by postmodernism, deconstruction, Derrida, Wittgenstein, Kant, corpus and cognitive linguistics. I am sure I have … Continue reading Do you have any prior convictions?
PH, want to give me a post on what you mean by "two routes"?