Future, Present, & Past:

~~ Giving itself latitude and leisure to take any premise or inquiry to its furthest associative conclusion.
Critical~~ Ready to apply, to itself and its object, the canons of reason, evidence, style, and ethics, up to their limits.
Traditional~~ At home and at large in the ecosystem of practice and memory that radically nourishes the whole person.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

+3 Vorpal Argument

A semi-frivolous P.S. to the last post: I awoke this morning with a message in my mental inbox from my own Inner Dork, who had obviously been thinking about it all night: Imagine a D&D-style character sheet for each philosopher listing the seven characteristics with respective scores (from 3 to 18). Then we could settle disputes between philosophers (e.g. replaying Wittgenstein's brandishing of his +3 Flaming Poker at Karl Popper) by rolling dice shaped like Platonic solids! (I know there are already collector's cards). Do I smell a new nerd pastime? "Sorry, dude, you've only got a Subtlety of 12 and a Learning of 13; you need at least a cumulative 26 on those to be able to wield that +2 Syllogism of Lightning. Pass me the chips, wouldja?" In any case, a potentially dangerous new time-waster, speculating on Leibnitz's or Chisolm's stats. Not sure where I'd start, except that Plato definitely has a Depth of 18, and Rand has a Subtlety of maybe 5, max.

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