In my local bookstore they moved "philosophy" section. It used to border on "music", now it borders on rest rooms. I wonder, is it a local initiative or a nation-wide action? [This message has been edited by Mapraputa Is (edited December 19, 2001).]
Philosophy might well divide into two general forms of religion: one academic, wherein "researchers" like Bhaskin eschew verbs and lump social criticism in with philosophy; and one sycophantic, where philosophy majors wear Hawaiin print shirts, quote Lacan, and leave biographies of Richard Feynman lying around to remind their fellow telemarketers that they've got life by the tail. A lot of Bierce's definitions were good clean cynical fun, but some of his 'less funny' work does have a postmodern ring to it.
Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen. - Robert Bresson
I am in explanatory mood again, so... For those outside of US: "Borders" is a big chain of bookstores. Any more or less big city has one (if I am mistaken here, somebody will correct me). I did not plan any pun initially, it happened when I was looking for a word "to put close to". Perhaps now it looks that playing with words was my main intention - it was not. I usually browse book titles in "Western philosophy" section when I am in Borders - it helps me think better about myself and supports my idealized self-image. Imagine my frustration, when I found "Eastern occultism and magic" - something like that - where western philosophy used to be. It was utterly offensive by itself, but no, it wasn't enough yet. Looking around, trying to figure out where they moved my psychotherapeutic kit, I spotted a small ghetto near rest rooms - yes, it was "Western philosophy". I used to sip "Derrida for idiots" in noble loneliness, now I found myself close to bi-directional flow of seeking to satisfy needs very alternative to self-actualisation, too close I would say. They were unified by their common goal; I was a social outcast. A silent questions was in their eyes, and their faces weren't sweet, gloomy and unfriendly were their faces... [This message has been edited by Mapraputa Is (edited December 20, 2001).]
I am not that selfish. I want others to read them also Sounds like life Deep thinking. Both philosophy and religion are epiphenomena of life, they are life trying to understand itself (forgot from whom I plagiarized it. Must be Michael ). So they naturally follow the same path - leading from nowhere to nothing. Who are Bhaskin and Bierce? Myself never seen them in Borders. [This message has been edited by Mapraputa Is (edited December 20, 2001).]