“Understanding a Philosopher…

…better than he understands himself.”

I have been thinking about Otto Bollnow’s interesting paper on this line.  Bollnow’s interpretation of the line provides a picture of the different shapes of the traditons in continental philosophy and in analytical philosophy, or so I believe.  I plan to write on this soon.  I also plan to begin the series of posts on Emerson’s essay on Montaigne I mentioned previously.  Since I am off-blog writing various papers on combinations of Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, Bouwsma, Ryle and Cavell, expect to see more on them soon, along with more on the other usual suspects.

But for now I am off to the beach for the Alabama Philosophical Society meeting–the beach in Pensacola, Florida.  (Go figure.)  As always, thanks for reading and thanks especially to those who have commented.

5 responses

  1. This sounds like an interesting essay! I often appeal to the idea that others can know us “better than we know ourselves” in order to point out that reflection–or perhaps better, the work we might do prior to reflection–shouldn’t be conceived as a merely solitary undertaking. (I don’t know how much this connects with Bollnow’s topic, but hopefully I can find the time to find out…)

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