Future, Present, & Past:
Speculative~~ 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.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Sometimes a great notion
Occasionally one finds a tool which, like a magic lens, enables one to cut through all kinds of noise and zoom right in on the essential. One such comes from Charles North's Lineups:
Even if you're not a baseball fan, it should probably only take a moment for you to work this one out, and another moment for a big grin to break over your face.
Another great exercise was posted recently at An und Für Sich: Take Amazing Grace and rewrite it according to your penseur de jour. The example in the original post is Schleiermacher, but one certainly imagine Nietzsche's "Amazing Recurrence" ("I once was resentful, but now am a yea-sayer..."), or Wittgenstein's, which would probably go "mmmm, mmmmm..." since it would of course refrain from attempting to say what can only be hummed.