Tag Archives: Philosophy

The terms “homosexual” and “sexual orientation”

We need to be aware that the concepts “homosexual” and “sexual orientation” are modern, and perhaps Western. I don’t feel that recognizing this has anything to do with essentialism versus social construction. One is not arguing the fact that people … Continue reading

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Dynamic Screenwriting

Note: The series, Story Structure, that I’m currently reposting here, was originally posted in the discussion boards of a well-known website for screenwriters. I had a fairly rich life there, corresponding back and forth with other writers. One exchange happened … Continue reading

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. . . every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite

A post in the ongoing series Poetry in the Arts. In The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, William Blake wrote about the “doors of perception.” The ancient tradition that the world will be consumed in fire at the end of … Continue reading

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Politics, the Polis, aloofness, and involvement

Parthenon, North Frieze J. J. Pollitt’s The Art of Ancient Greece is a book that I’ve learned much from — and plan to write several entries about. I’m grateful to Pollitt. In one place in this book, though, he makes … Continue reading

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Reading William James

Although my response to William James uses my intellect, I don’t know if I can state the gist of it intellectually. Somehow, I seem to hear him speak very directly. His writing isn’t just words: there’s a voice.

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Socrates — running his hand through Phaedo’s hair

Plato’s Phaedo is one of the hardest dialogues for me to understand. The way some commentators present it seems uncompromisingly, patronizingly self-righteous. Yet, I think there are more humanistic ways to understand it.

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Herakleitos, 1

κόσμον τόνδε, τὸν αὐτὸν ἁπάντων, οὔτε τις θεῶν οὐτε ἀνθρώπων ἐποίησεν, ἀλλ’ ἦν ἀεὶ καὶ ἔστιν καὶ ἔσται πῦρ ἀείζωον, ἁπτόμενον μέτρα καὶ ἀποσβεννύμενον μέτρα.The ordered world, common to all, was not made by a god or a man; rather, … Continue reading

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