In law as elsewhere, we can know and yet not understand. Shadows often obscure our knowledge, which not only vary in intensity but are cast by different obstacles to light. These cannot all be removed by the same methods, and till the precise character of our perplexity is determined we cannot tell what tools we shall need. – H. L. A. Hart, “Definition and Theory in Jurisprudence”
Typically, philosophical systems are like the train I saw yesterday: Four engines, screaming whistles, a very brief while, then two trailing, rattling, empty flatcars; and then nothing but dying noise.
The Ascension is not the Disincarnation. Christ leaves no flesh suit on the ground.
n. the moment of realization that your quintessential self isn’t going to show up, which forces the role to fall upon the understudy, the gawky kid for whom nothing is easy, who spent years mouthing his/her lines in the wings before being shoved into the glare of your life, which is already well into its second act.
As is often said, but as often forgotten, poems are not their paraphrases, because the paraphrase does not represent the thinking process as it strives toward ultimate precision, but rather reduces the poem to summarized “thoughts” or “statements” or “meanings”.
What am I looking for in philosophy? A kind of mutual involvement and correction among analytic, existential and metaphysical philosophies–a philosophy with rigor, urgency and vision.
Perhaps the greatest lesson the [18th] century learned from its long, scrupulous, and imaginative comparison of it own experience with the larger past was the value of boldness; not the soi-disant boldness of negativism, of grudgingly withholding assent as we seek to establish our identities, prate of our integrity, or reach into our pockets for our mite of ‘originality’. None of us, as Goethe said, is really very ‘original’ anyway; one gets most of what he attains in his short life from others. The boldness desired involves directly facing up to what we admire and then trying to be like it. –Walter Jackson Bate