Tag Archives: Philosophy

Today’s Portrait: FIREFIGHTER

No, today’s portrait isn’t a flower! It’s occurred to me that other objects besides flowers can emanate presence and personality. Can demonstrate QUIDDITAS, the quality that Aristotle meant when he wrote of “thatness,” or “whatness,” or “what it is.” When I was painting … Continue reading

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An Existentialist Sigh — a Cat — and a Laugh!

From the euphoria of a mystical echocardiogram, I come down to earth and bump up against this poem by Irish poet Galway Kinnell: In a Parlor Containing a Table In a parlor containing a table And three chairs, three men confided  … Continue reading

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In Praise of Doubt —

At the turn of the 16th into the 17th century, a considerably more leisurely time than ours, Sir Francis Bacon —  philosopher, statesman, essayist, writer, scientist — said this: If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in … Continue reading

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Who Writes My Laws?

“No man’s error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.” — Thomas Hobbes For most of my life, I believed just the opposite. Any decision I made I was bound to as if it had been … Continue reading

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Giving Up the Search for Pierre —

— or, Jean-Paul Sartre to the rescue: We stopped in for lunch at our favorite restaurant today. Now this restaurant happens to make THE Best Crab Cake in the World (and I am a very tough critic when it comes … Continue reading

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