Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Finger-Waggers

Charles E. Moore:

Kierkegaard's strategy was to act as a corrective. He explains: "The person who is to provide the corrective must study the weak sides of the established order scrupulously and penetratingly and then one-sidedly present the opposite — with expert one-sidedness." This revelation is important to keep in mind while reading Kierkegaard. All the same he said, "a corrective made into the norm is by that very fact confusing." Therefore, one should not lift his thought up and turn it into a norm.

Similar to the via negativa, or the sculptor's school of philosophy, as I like to think of it. Chipping away at accumulated bullshit is more useful than creating a competing brand of bullshit.

Still far too wordy for Cratylus, though.