April 23, 2016

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The post you are reading is years old and may not represent my current views. I started blogging around the time I first began to study philosophy, age 17. In my view, the point of philosophy is to expose our beliefs to rational scrutiny so we can revise them and get better beliefs that are more likely to be true. That's what I've been up to all these years, and this blog has been part of that process. For my latest thoughts, please see the front page.

Quote of the Day: Materialist Poetry

as for my opinion of Atoms, their figures and motions, (if any such things there be) I will refer you to my Book of Poems, out of which give me leave to repeat these following lines, containing the ground of my opinion of Atomes:
All Creatures, howsoe're they may be nam'd
Are of
long, square, flat, or sharp Atomes fram'd
Thus several figures several tempers make,
But what is mixt, doth of the four partake.
The onely cause, why things do live and die,
'S according as the mixed Atomes lie.
Thus life, and death, and young, and old,
Are as the several Atoms hold:
Wit, understanding in the brain
Are as the several atomes reign:
And dispositions, good, or ill,
Are as the several atomes still;
And every Passion, which doth rise,
Is as each several atome lies
Thus sickness, health, and peace, and war,
Are as the several atomes are.
- Margaret Cavendish, Philosophical Letters (1664), 455-456

Challenge of the day: express your favorite philosophical view in rhymed verse. Further inspiration here.

Posted by Kenny at April 23, 2016 1:52 PM
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