Unwritten: Natasha Bedingfield

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten.

Just a few inspirational words from a great song.  Sometimes when you’re really struggling to give form to your thoughts, it’s great to be reminded that you’re bringing something new and unique to the table, that you can feel that the world has given you this particular and distinct gift of your personal experiences, and that we can always go on to make something wonderful out of it, no matter for our personal hangups or the distance we put between ourselves and the life we want to be living.

Tomorrow’s post will be on Cognition and Pluralism!

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Introductions

Hi All!  My name is Sofie, and I’m a philosopher.

Esoteric, abstract, inaccessible and totally speculative? Well, philosophy has a long and complex history, its ideas can mean different things to different people in different situations, and can be used to generate powerful, controversial and relevant proposals for how we might plan and act in many different areas of life.

I would say that philosophy isn’t actually engaged in very much in general society, as much as those issues that we might have decided or analysed on the basis of philosophical investigation have gradually been taken over by what we now call “Debating”.  And “Debating” has a lot of problems!  It’s a combination of rules and conventions that are supposed to “be persuasive”, rather than an applied science of how concepts relate to one another, and as such it’s subject to systematic abuse by people in positions of authority.

The history of philosophy is full of ideas, experiments and arguments far beyond what might be widely accepted today as “common sense or knowledge”.  And some of these can be interesting and valuable, even when there are things about them that the vast majority of people think make them inescapably weird.

Part of what I’d like to do on this blog is explore these ideas in a more widely accessible way, because if nothing else, philosophy in the age of the “Debate” has a bit of an image problem, but also because “Debate” has many more issues that philosophy can help with.

This is also my blog, so I’ll spend some of it talking about issues that are important to me!  Feel free to read my About Me page for a preview of some of the things I’m interested in.  In particular, I’m working through a lot of problems with the notion of gender both in a social and a personal way, and I know that other people have similar concerns.  I hope to share some of my thoughts and to invite others to discuss these issues!

Peace out for now!