01 June, 2010

Philosophers and Philosophy

Steve Pyke has some stunning pictures of recent and contemporary philosophers, here, along with short comments on what philosophy is or means to them.



Jurgen Habermas, who points out the dangers of inquiry, confidence, and even truth:

"The future of the enlightenment, what might it consist in? We ought to succeed in showing how, within a predicament that is leaving ever narrower room for action, we are yet assuming responsibility for actions whose consequences are growing even longer and less easily surveyable. Moreover, we ought to be capable of showing this while at the same time being hesitant in the awareness of the danger that, as Benjamin knew, threatens even from the successes enjoyed in working together with a shared purpose."

11 comments:

Cassady said...

The little caption or artist's statement at the bottom of the page raise an interesting question about the connection between appearance and character. How far does a set of beliefs, principles, or practices affect our bodies, consciously or unconsciously?

Many people in the 19th century thought that everything in a person's character could basically be read in their face and bearing--hence Oscar Wilde's "Picture of Dorian Gray." Writers went at length in their descriptions of people precisely because it supposedly gave the reader greater insight into the person about whom they read. That, and they were probably writing a serial- or three-decker-novel and needed to fill pages.

Regardless of economic incentive, though, it would be interesting to see how that kind of attitude has changed over time, perhaps away from the pseudo-sciences of the 19th century (like phrenology). Even as early in the 20th C as Joyce or Beckett, we still get a decent amount of physical description, but the characters themselves--where they even are revealed--are revealed more by actions and exposition than anything. Contrast with Conan Doyle's Sherlock, whose attention to the detail of a person's appearance reveals their minutest intentions.

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吳怡君吳怡君 said...

Accept that some days you are the pigeon, and some days you are the statue.............................................................

雨鄭v枝 said...

每日都有新日光,每日都有新希望。..................................................

承王蓁 said...

人若賺得全世界,賠上自己的靈魂,有什麼益處?.......................................................

群育航學 said...

Rome was not built in a day............................................................

偉曹琬 said...

知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。............................................................

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所有的資產,在不被諒解時,都成了負債............................................................

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你怎麼能經過一片海,而忘記它的藍?......................................................................