Aphorisms

1. A person in need seeks comfort, not truth.

2. Sometimes, one needs to lose all their close comrades and property and reputation in order to hold on to an ideal, or else they change to suit their friends. If they lose all their mortal possessions, then so be it, better losing your home in life than losing your soul in hell.

3. Are the formulations that society construe made not by individuals but the aggregate of them?

4. To follow a rule is to endorse it, to deny a rule is to accept its existence.

5. There is a difference between cultural capital and civility. Never forget that when you see a hoarde of savages on the street or in the spectator’s box. Because neither of them are the latter.

6. Autonomy is characterised as avoidance of sentiment. Is it not queer how people seek to inebriate themselves to take away their own reason? If humanity is genuinely characterised by autonomy and reason, then inebriation is the embrace of our animality. Self-desecration.

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Two towering greats of the 17thC

One of them is attributed to the establishment of classical mechanics; the greatest figure in the history of science, he was recognised by the Royal Society to have invented calculus. Those alone are great; beyond his life, he influenced the philosophies of David Hume and many many others, deeming the notion of natural laws as the foundation of enlightenment thought; from metaphysics to psychology; the notion of universal laws is a powerful one. Newton was no fool, and furthermore, secured his place among the pantheon of humanity’s greatest.

The other individual who is also attributed to creating calculus, and, whose notation is still used today, is perhaps one of the greatest genii. The other individual, whom which I know a little more about; was a great rationalist; developed and popularised the notion of theodicy, the principle of sufficient reason, principle of indiscernable identicals, monads. Established a tradition of social science and theology after him. Yet Newton is considered the greater.

I think Leibniz won the test of time; and even the battle in his own time.

Empiricism 0, Rationalism 1

Intended action and meaning

If we are to assume all intended action is meaningful (or rule-following); does that define the locus of social scientific concern?

NO – we want to say that unintended effects can come from intentional actions, so, we may construe that as an action imbued with a lack of intention towards a certain end. Ergo, the locus of social scientific concern is NOT to the semiotic signifiers of intention alone.

q.e.d.

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