Category Archives: Pragmatism

Pragmatist religion

It seems that in the 19th Century  “metaphysical need” for “metaphysical comfort” was more common than in the 20th Century, where the needs and comforts were anti-metaphysical. This strikes me as an ontological analogue to the epistemological struggles (or were … Continue reading

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Density of soul

“When a poet is not in love with reality his muse will consequently not be reality, and she will then bear him hollow-eyed and fragile-limbed children.” — Friedrich Nietzsche * It seems to me that few people agree with me … Continue reading

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George Soros

I’ve been hearing such dark and incredible tales about George Soros’s depravity and deviousness I felt I’d better look into who he is. And what better better place to start than to go directly to the source and read one … Continue reading

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Why our ideas diverge

What are the personal differences that produce pluralism? Here’s a list off the top of my head: What is our stock of life experiences, which serve as points of reference and call for explanation? What is our schema of relevance … Continue reading

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Process Theology

I’ve been poking around in several books on Process Philosophy/Theology to see if my own homegrown theology isn’t in fact some version of Process Theology. So far I’m finding some closely matching concepts. (Two big ones: Panentheism and “the lure”.) … Continue reading

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Pluralistic insight

We use whatever concepts we have available to us to understand our experiences. When facing an unfamiliar situation, we intuitively choose a conceptualization that seems to fit in an attempt to make sense of it. And if the first pick fails … 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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Postenlightenment harmony

Tillich (from The Courage to Be): The whole [Enlightenment] period believed in the principle of “harmony” — harmony being the law of the universe according to which the activities of the individual, however individualistically conceived and performed, lead “behind the … Continue reading

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A newish political framework

(Updated November 25, 2015) No word is more loaded and distorted than the word “liberal”. No word is more crucial, especially right now: deprived of language, the very concept of liberalism is slipping away, its quiet reasonableness drowned out by … Continue reading

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Apeirony

Anaximander’s maxim: Whence things have their origin, Thence also their destruction happens, According to necessity; For they give to each other justice and recompense For their injustice In conformity with the ordinance of Time. * The Greek word for “whence … Continue reading

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Agonistic and tragic pluralism

Agonistic pluralism recognizes that pluralism entails conflict, but the goal is to constrain the conflict to disagreement between adversaries, not violence between enemies. Tragic pluralism acknowledges that pluralism will never result in a final harmony, and normalizes discord not only … Continue reading

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Understanding Peirce’s triad

Let me see if I can paraphrase Peirce’s triad.  The elements of the triad are distinguishable, but inseparable. They cannot be grasped in isolation, but articulated against the whole to which they belong. Peirce said they are to be prescinded, … Continue reading

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Peirce on “what pragamtism is”

Some gems from C. S. Peirce’s “What Pragmatism Is”. First, probably the most famous bit from this essay, one of the funnier lines in the history of philosophy: …the writer, finding his bantling “pragmatism” so promoted, feels that it is … Continue reading

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Wordworlds

Nothing is improved when we replace worldviews with wordworlds. To paraphrase Bernadette from the Jerk, “It’s not [the meanings] I’ll miss. It’s the stuff!” Our problem is not metaphysics. It is metaphysical reductionism. And specifically metaphysical reductionisms that allow us … Continue reading

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Alterior expressions

A quick noting of a thought I had several weeks ago. It seems that the more an author writes in terms of present familiarities, alluding to fresh events of the moment that everyone understands and feels, the sooner the immediacy … Continue reading

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Pragmatists on pragmatists

You never see a Pragmatist’s philosophy more clearly than when he or she writes about other Pragmatists. What appears to be a survey is in fact original philosophizing if you pay attention to how the ideas are being connected (as … Continue reading

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Allegiances

In college I split the things I cared about into two categories: The things of which I approve. The things I love. Being a young rationalist, I sided against my loves, for things of which I approved. This lasted into … Continue reading

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Brand and pluralism

The free market is at least partially redeemed by the emergence and development of brand positioning. Brand positioning is strategic pluralism.

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Morality and experiment

What is the pragmatic “cash value” of a person’s moral vision? I propose this: Where is that person motivated or resistant to experiment, at what cost and at what risk? * Where: What possibilities of reality does the experimenter wish … Continue reading

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Law of Reason

To neither lose one’s receptivity nor to lose oneself in it: uncompromising enforcement of the law of reason on all, most of all oneself. * “Reason? Why?” Because it is reasonable. “But that’s circular.” It is the greatest circle. It … Continue reading

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