Thinking

Operations of thought are like cavalry charges in a battle — they are strictly limited in number, require fresh horses, and must only be made at decisive moments.
—Whitehead

Jul 092018
 

Language is viscous, it resists: one thinks in words as one swims in water.

Jul 052018
 

We are exhorted to ask cui bono?, yet cui malo? is often the more penetrating question.

Jul 042018
 

Why is not half so troublesome a question as So What.

Jun 142018
 

To the problem of different opinions political science offers two solutions, idealism and realism. Idealism: different opinions should not exist. Realism: different opinions do not exist.

Apr 132018
 

A dangerous idea must be, if not true, at least plausible.

Mar 262018
 

It is because we always begin with the conclusion that we ever get anywhere.

Mar 232018
 

It is possible to change your mind, when old, only if you have previously acquired the habit.

Mar 092018
 

It is almost no time at all between not being permitted to dissent and not being permitted to abstain.

Mar 052018
 

Progress in philosophy is more plausible arguments in support of more absurd propositions.