Nick and all,
I do have Popper's "The Open Society" in the bookcase I face while
typing on my I-book, and read it all a couple of years ago. I'm very
sympathetic to his views: but, and...coming fromt the Pragmatist
tradition (Peirce was mention in this conversation a few days ago-
his idea was that we both "are," but also "do."
Much of my thought is about the human who observes, interacts: Mead's
ideas on the "emergence" of the self is (in my view) a powerful
"inversion" of most of thought about what and who we are: "the
measurer of all things." I suggest there is much missing in our
conversation about rationality (of which i am a "fan"), because we
have been presumptive and a bit care-less about our nature as
observers/thinkers. If this direction is useful to anyone hoping to
pursue wisdom, please respond. It means that we are not merely
objective or "removed" observers, but that there is much more to this
story, affecting all that is rationality.
Only recently in Child Development studies ("Attachment Theory") has
it become clear that we are heavily involved in becoming a "self"
with our m/others. I think this line opens up some interesting lines
of thought. Best,
On May 20, 2006, at 5:17 PM, David M wrote:
> Hi Nick
> "the capacity to realize what is of value in life"?
> This seems a very good starting point to me. It is grounded in what we
> are able to achieve in practice, but better still it requires that we
> consider and articulate what is of value to us. I wonder if other
> members have read Robert Pirsig's novels and are aware of the
> relevance of his ideas to such an exploration of values and the
> goal of eudaimonia?
> I also suspect that Roy Bhaskar's critical realist school of thought
> may be a useful source of ideas and fellowship. Anyone else aware
> of Bhaskar?
> Here's an interview for those who may be interested:
> David Morey