Category Archives: Hermeneutics

Reading together

Intimacy is made possible by shared experience.  Some tangible forms of shared experience are: shared language, shared history, shared spaces, shared relationships, shared institutions, shared customs, shared beliefs.  Less tangible, but perhaps even more crucial forms of shared experience are: … Continue reading

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Secular mystic

I told a rabbi that I am a “secular mystic”. What do I mean by that? I see the transcendent realm as inexhaustibly understandable. The act of understanding incomprehensible phenomena increases our capacity to understand. The very increase that makes the understanding possible makes … Continue reading

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Pluritarian Pluriversalism

To someone born into an autistic universe controlled by a single set of strictly logical natural laws, the experience of empathy and the subsequent revelation of an empathic pluriverse redefines the meaning of miracle, and of transcendence, and of religion. … Continue reading

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Symmetrical egalitarianism

Can egalitarianism be disrespectful? In some social contexts strict egalitarianism is the very embodiment of respect. An example of such a context is a gathering of equal peers deliberating on a shared problem. Each is understood by the others to … Continue reading

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Life on the complex plane

The image of the Mandelbrot set is a map — a 3rd person perspective survey — of Julia sets. But each image of the Julia Set is a 1st person perspective on the same space as that described by the … Continue reading

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Beyond fundamentalism and mysticism

Fundamentalism is not religious extremism. It is not religion gone too far. Fundamentalism is religion failing to happen. It is relationship to transcendent reality reduced to a set of defined things: facts, techniques, emblems, objects and social groups. Of course, … Continue reading

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The intrinsic conservatism of language

I starred the hell out of this footnote from Richard Rorty’s Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature: Such unconscious sleight-of-hand, when practiced by men of Descartes’s boldness of imagination, is an occasion for gratitude rather than censure. No great philosopher … Continue reading

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