Why literature is our most important cultural tool

Literature is a tool which shapes culture, and then edifies it. It creates vicarious experiences within the reader, therefore allowing us to live the lives of others. In this way, it is also a tool which crafts us into the individuals we become. Its twofold purpose of crafting culture and individuals is a contiguous, symbiotic…… Continue reading Why literature is our most important cultural tool

Does our self-image get in the way of us living our lives?

” ‘Know thyself’ is not just silly advice: it’s actively dangerous”, so reads the title of an essay from Aeon Magazine (Found here). The accusation is that you can not know yourself because you change over time, and therefore to know yourself is a mistaken notion. At most, you can only know who you were…… Continue reading Does our self-image get in the way of us living our lives?

A fundamental theory of the self

In the western analytical tradition of philosophy, questions of identity have long been inclined towards asking things to the nature of What persists as a person ages? Is the person I will be in ten years the same person as I now am? Is identity one unchanging self, or a succession of selves? These are…… Continue reading A fundamental theory of the self

How our perception of time conditions our lives

It is reasonable to argue that time is a serious consideration when building a metaphysic of the world. Each moment in life is meaningless until we attach those moments to other moments. To talk about the ‘now’ is to already place the ‘now’ moment in the context of time. This is because we have to…… Continue reading How our perception of time conditions our lives

The Persistence of Persons- Roderick M Chisholm

Am I the same me throughout time?Is the ‘I’ which is me, me in and of its self, or me in virtue of contingent factors such as the previous ‘I’s one could posit me as having been? Or to put it another way, am I a single self which persists throughout time, or a series…… Continue reading The Persistence of Persons- Roderick M Chisholm

Understanding identity in terms of markets

How we define ourselves is a complicated question. We seem to know exactly who we are, but when we try to define who we are, it becomes increasingly difficult. Popularly, the issue which expresses its self is that of language. I can say that my name is Lawrence, but what makes me different from other…… Continue reading Understanding identity in terms of markets

What wine tasting teaches us about memory and identity

There is a lot to be understood about the nature of identity when we talk about activities which involve refined discernment. This can be wine, cheese, or whiskey tasting, listening to music critically, reviewing or analysing art, or cooking for enjoyment for example. When we perceive the values of an object, we must, to a…… Continue reading What wine tasting teaches us about memory and identity

How language changes our thoughts, and how to use this to our advantage

Scanning the newspapers or watching the news on television, we see snapshots of lives which are unfamiliar to most of us. They are inordinately wealthy, living profligate lives, surrounded by people whose achievements we feel far exceed our own. But what exactly is it which divides us and them? Selective perspective. In these figures, we…… Continue reading How language changes our thoughts, and how to use this to our advantage

What Eastern and Western religions can teach us about identity

I have seen the question asked many times “who is your idol?”, but I have never been able to actually answer this. I do believe that we have a natural propensity to see the heroic in other people. Even further than that, I believe that, in seeing someone as an idol, we set them as…… Continue reading What Eastern and Western religions can teach us about identity

Social media and the collective unconscious

As regular readers will have noticed, I find the the invention of things like the camera and social media fascinating because of how they have changed our mindset in viewing our selves. The fact that we can now capture moments has made those moments more defining than they otherwise would have been. Not only that,…… Continue reading Social media and the collective unconscious