Saturday, February 12, 2005

Hitler Damn It

The debate I've been focussing on lately (as a way to distract me from the imminent invasion of Iran and Social Secruity)is whether the United States is a guilt society or not. By, "guilt society," I mean the reason people do the right thing is deep-seated burning guilt of knowing what the person did was wrong (think Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"). There's a lot of evidence for it, Christianity tells us that god always knows what we're doing, judging us for evil deeds and vile acts we may commit.

Comparable is a shame society which relies more on the opinion of others (i.e. if someone doesn't see you do something wrong it doesn't matter).

I think philosophy would be cooler if we could manifest abstract ideas and have them fight each other.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read Rorty's Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. He almost argues that we're already doing that. In that there's no difference between the plane in which abstract ideas are and in which "manifest" happens.

Also, it's the same in the first book of Plato's Republic, where Cephalus states that the only reason he's any good is because of a fear of Hades. But he's a character who we don't like. I like him. I think he's neat.

11:42 PM, February 12, 2005  
Blogger T Kwong said...

I sould probably get around to reading Rorty all the way through, but, Noah, even you have to admit that Rorty often just comes off as a crazy acid-tripping monkey.

You would like Cephalus, you bastard.

I agree though, he was always more interesting than the others.


6:53 AM, February 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, today I sat through an entire class period where none of us said teh word "eschatological" or and derivates therefrom.

6:25 PM, February 14, 2005  
Blogger T Kwong said...


You kids these days.


7:08 PM, February 14, 2005  

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