October 20, 2000
A Philosopher's Examined Life: It's Worth Forgiving
Writing a philosopher's life, like transcribing a mime's thoughts, requires a gargantuan love of inference and formidable stocks of masochism.
What counts as significant action? Is there any significant action aside from the subject's thought? Is the significant action intentional, or just run-of-the-mill Aristotelian akrasia (weakness of the will)?
Bedeviling questions spring from all corners. Does the great man's choosing of his fall-term courses in the Year of Our Lord