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Structuralism Linguistics Philosophy

Saussure’s Structuralist Linguistics

  I think that what Saussure’s Structuralism amounts to is the discovery that a word is itself and not other words (You don’t say!); also that other words are not only different in  their sounds but have different meanings too (You don’t say!)  And that the meaning of the initial word is based on these differences from other words!  Brilliant! Brilliant!  Brilliant! That’s Structuralism! Also he said that you have…

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Anti-Natalism Philosophy

David Benatar’s ‘Anti-Natalism’ is philosophers’ logicking, not Wisdom on Life.

I have always had a distant image of philosopher David Benatar that he has a lot to contend with in a difficult place at a difficult time.  I came across one of his actual ideas by chance on the Web.  And in what I write below, I base myself entirely on what I find on the Web.    This idea has been called Anti-Natalism by other philosophers (see here and…

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Philosophy

The Philosophy of Academia isn’t wisdom, part 3.

REASON IN ANCIENT GREECE This may be a popular version of the history of Philosophy  but here it is: Reason, I have read,  was synonymous in ancient Greece with Logic, Argument, Thought and Philosophy, and that it hasn’t always been with us.  The Classicists tell us that the pre-Socratic philosophers started it, in the Western world at least, in about 580 BC.  (from here and here, and one or two…

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Philosophy

The Philosophy of Academia has never been Wisdom, part 1.

 PHILOSOPHY USES THE WRONG METHODS FOR ‘WISDOM’  Philosophy has for my taste always been pseudo-philosophy, since it began in about 580 BC.  It has been an expression of minds that lack that special intelligence and capacity for understanding that human beings have been blessed with   Philosophers either lack it or leave it disregarded and fallow. How on earth can one get wisdom about oneself and other people and humanity…

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The Philosophy of Academia has never been Wisdom, part 2

When I started reading interpretations of the great Philosophers of the Western World, from Thales of Miletus onwards, I couldn’t believe they could really have been serious in expounding their logico-mathematical cogitations as Wisdom.  I couldn’t hold what they seemed to be saying in my mind.  Surely, I felt, they must  be saying something higher and deeper, but which I was failing to get hold of.  (Am I right in…

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Africa Palestine-Israel Personalities

Allister Sparks, trumpeter against apartheid and Israel

One shouldn’t speak ill of the dead, but I’ve only just got a site organized. What I’m scratching my head about here is in general the techniques and qualities of senior opinion journalists. Allister was chief editor of the Rand Daily Mail from 1967 till 1981.  He was a briar and a thorn in the eyes of National Party apartheid governments, and in that sense a great hero, having (according…

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Africa Palestine-Israel Personalities

ARCHBISHOP TUTU– chuckling Anglicanism, and ‘all conflicts can be resolved like South Africa’s was’.

Before saying what it is about him that puts my teeth on edge, let me say that all the impressions one gets are that he does have astonishing gifts, given in bud by God but developed by himself. He started life in a black township, hauling himself up, turning back because of oppressive obstacles, and trying something new, over and over.  So says Wiki. Finally he rose like Moses, given…

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