Some of the posts go from 1 directly to 8, then 10.
Some of mine go from 1 directly to 10.
It would be interesting to capture the offline discussions that occur when you post at point #8, tell all your friends and relatives to go lookit what you wrote, expect laudatory feedback, and then get flamed.
I often have arguments going with Commonweal blog readers, as well as several friends and relatives at the same time.
Really, it’s a wonder I get anything done.
Wow. That’s brilliant. Now what we need is a “Theology of ultimate repudiation.”
Or maybe not.
Well, after a rough day yesterday, this makes my afternoon! I will have to see about getting a copy of this to my students – they will get a laugh out of it.
One would hope that one would only repudiate a thesis by going straight to 7 and staying there. But as all beginning students of philosophy are soon taught, and what all reflective people learn outside the philosophy classroom, there is often a large gap between what is and what ought to be. And to my chagrin, many professional philosophers I know are especially unfair and prone to impugn the character of, or otherwise find fault with, one who proposes any thesis on practical affairs once they step outside the philosophy classroom.
For my classes, at the start of term I always have my students test their ability to access the class web site by reading the following philosopher’s riddle that I post:
Q. How many philosophy professors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. 101. One to screw in the light bulb and the other hundred to publish papers each saying how badly she did it and how he actually had thought of screwing in the light bulb before she did.