19 Aug 2013

Workout: 20 min first thing at 5:28: 100 lowrise step aerobics (stopped planned 150 owing to exhaustion, but cancer pain increase manageable): remainder of time spent in movement using upper/lower body and weights. Discovered feasibility of sitting and standing movement, will incorporate.

Have an appointment that may may prevent physio workout. Free for morning probably not 2PM because HSBC nonsense planned may go past 2 and may be exhausted by the nonsense.


Greek and Roman Philosophy from the Beginnings to Augustine

Finish Johansen’s chapter on Anaximander and Anaximenes (student of Anaximander d. 525 BC). Both start with the gnome such as “everything is made out of air” where gnome isn’t a little funny-looking guy who grabs women from under a bridge. Closest to the funny-looking guy who emerges from hiding to issue a pronouncement or task such as “guess my name” in the Rumplestilskin tale, the gnome is an axiom which unlike a mathematical axiom is striking and hard to refute such as “everything is made out of air” or “everything is made out of water”.

In this connection also study-reading the entry on “Monisms” in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. It incorporates the twentieth century’s use of analytic approaches to metaphysical questions, in which it turns out that there’s a fascinating (philosophical) probability that “monism”, thought to be a single philosophical school, has multiple manifestations and may be plural as in “monisms”.

Kant Kontinues

Meanwhile study of Kant kontinues.

Another verdammte re-read of the second part of the transcendental deduction of the categories because the graduate student blogger sitDownTragedies has completed a study guide to the second (insanely difficult) part of the transcendental deduction of the verdammte categories, and this study guide may be far superior to the mere transcription he modestly claims it is. It is provided only as photographs of his notes for the second part of Kant’s TD, and machine-readable notes for the part that comes between the clue and the difficult part…which as the true “second part” is, as I’ve said, insanely difficult.

I wish to assess his guide for “accuracy” altho we’re both “nailing jelly to a tree” given the multiple views of the 1787 TD of the categories, each claiming to be the last word.

Doing the history of philosophy, insofar as it’s the reporting of what philosophers actually think, not their biography nor historical settings, is itself philosophy: call my view “Historio-Philosophy” to distinguish it from the history of philosophy and the philosophy of history, at the cost of sounding like Polonius. A taxonomy of philosophical views as merely a student study guide is needed but many questions in it would have to be answered with a philosophical view, which in light of the (philosophical) hypothesis that more than one philosophical view can be (of necessity) true.


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