Friday, January 19, 2024

justification for neologism

Conceptual prospecting is common in philosophical work, but may seem hermetic.

Wanting new concepts follows from working beyond confounding uses of standard ones. Experimental thinking is good! It's fun.

One can propose and explicate new senses of standard concepts (which I usually do), but new concepts can be an easier way to avoid confusion or misleading ambiguity—and avoid concealment of the better sense of a standard term (when staying with the standard term in a new way) because a reader is habituated to standard senses—seldom clear anyway, which dictionaries easily display.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

autumn 2023

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‘lifecycality,’ so to speak” prospects a felicitous neologism for exploratory conceptual work. “Meaning of significance: part 1” begins a venture about there being texted presence between author and reader which is usually figurative (showing implicature) manifoldly. A speaker/writer is figurative because being understood is normally wanted more than expressiveness.

Friday, August 25, 2023

summer 2023

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My conceptual venturing has prevailing interest in usefulness rather than showing expert fidelity to academic topics (which I can do).

So, giving time to narrative about “proximal cohering of ordinary life” (Aug. 20 below) expresses shared ground (maybe oddly so, for my part) prior to venturing which is very different (but to be shared), which isn’t abandoning (let alone devaluing) ordinary life by pursuing specialist topics, because returning to practicality is always my aim.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

spring 2023

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“Cohering lightness of preferring better being” is six postings. That title may sound frivolous, but you’ll see the engaged point, as you read through the set. 

The set is listed on a page which will change focus (changing title and changing introductory paragraph), as that page gradually becomes a mere table of contents for a new era of project development. 

Friday, March 10, 2023

notes home from a wilderness singing

Oh, you…

You want an accessibly well-formed narrative which is comprehensively credible (yet not too complex) for serving what most matters.

Too much improvisation intimates too much complexity, which looks ultimately incoherent (thus, losing promise for advancing given understanding), which is annoying (at the least) because you want specific orientation (not too challenging, not tedious) by permanently reliable leads.

Friday, February 24, 2023

winter 2023

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Today is the dreadful anniversary of tragedy in Ukraine.

If you want my opinion,...

Feb. 17 | I’m doing difficult conceptual work which doesn’t yet have a casual online mode, but the Work is going well … My harping about humanity in recent weeks has been to clarify a practical background (“What’s the point?,” you think?) for upcoming conceptual discussions.

Feb. 6 | I’ve combined (1) links to a few recent comments by me at NY Times articles, (2) a few links to earlier related postings, and (3) a short narrative about salient themes, titled “staying oriented by the better sense of Our humanity.”

Saturday, January 21, 2023

a polymathic, protean sensibility

Yesterday, I immersed myself again (after 30 years) in Howard Gardner’s Creating Minds. I’m amazed by [1] how influential (how implicit) his understanding of creativity has been for advancing my own conception
[2] beyond his, thanks to other influences and my own work.

Actually, many of his books’ foci have been integral to the kind of practical sensibility which I generally prospect, i.e., conceptually model, relative to others’ work, my own offline, and my improvisations shared.