Tuesday, September 13, 2005

why i study philosophy

every now and then i'll come across something briliant. something ingenius. something that that slaps me across the face and makes me see the world in a whole new light. something like this fascinating quote from the thirty-ninth fragment of empedecles...

"wretches, utter wretches, keep your hands off the beans!"

amazing. i know.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry I haven't commented much lately, but I do continue to follow your blog. It looks like this academic year is going to be special for you.

    I've watched a lot of documentaries about science & philosophy lately. I love finding out how theories and thinking evolved over the years.

    Sometimes it can make you feel so smug--such as learning that the ancient Greeks thought that we saw things because invisible beams emanated from our eyes to illuminate objects in our field of vision. (Didn't anyone ever ask themselves, "Then why is it ever dark? Why when I close the door to the basement is everything black?")

    It's easy to say, "Boy were they stupid!" But then I always wonder how many things that we think are "obvious" today will make people laugh in coming centuries. . .


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