Are scientists today’s prophets? Who signed Einstein’s paychecks? What is the difference between philosophy and rhetoric?
Monthly Archives: July 2014
“… the only place you can be absolutely sure that things happened the way they are alleged to have happened is in fiction. In any work of nonfiction that’s any good–any work of biography, autobiography, reportage, and so forth–the question arises ‘Was it actually like that?’ And it has to”
The barber is a man in town who shaves all those, and only those, men in town who do not shave themselves. So, who shaves the barber?
Have you ever thought about what you are going to do after college? (Yeah, I mean for a job.) Have you ever thought that the things you are really passionate about would be foolish to pursue as a career? Have you ever wondered if you are going to be subject to the vicissitudes of the contemporary American economy? Do you know what a 3-D printer is?
Well, without making this post into a treatise you might be interested in Professor Frithjof Bergmann’s New Work movement.
Here’s a short (13 minute) explanation of the ideas (this website also has two other longer conversations on this topic, including a discussion with Professor Bergmann himself).
“Rhetoric is never historically that isolable from the substance of theories that we cannot seriously ask whether the theory might have occurred to its discoverer without the rhetorical premises that recommended it.”
-A. C. Danto