New Year’s Resolutions
No, I don’t actually have any of those. When I want to do something I just do it. The court case with Nike is still pending.
Having said that, there is something that I don’t want to do next year. To wit:
By contrast with the metaphysical notion, postmodernists claim that a commitment to absolute truth is rooted in Cartesian anxiety and its need for absolute certainty and, accordingly, claim that acceptance of the absolute truth of P entails acceptance of the conjunction of P’s truth in the objective sense and the possibility of a (finite) knowing subject having Cartesian certainty with respect to P. Thus, one postmodernist recently opined that commitment to objective truth and the correspondence theory is merely “…an epistemic project [that] is funded by Cartesian anxiety,’ a product of methodological doubt…”
I do NOT want to explain something that actually causes physical pain to the head of my readers.
FUCK! I wanted to understand what that person was saying and now I have to go look up 14 papers on philosophy to ensure that I’ve not mistakenly remembered something wrongly.
Just as a ferinstance:
Cartesian anxiety refers to the notion that, ever since René Descartes promulgated his influential
form of body-mind dualism, Western civilization has suffered from a longing for ontological certainty, or feeling that scientific methods, and especially the study of the world as a thing separate from ourselves, should be able to lead us to a firm and unchanging knowledge of ourselves and the world around us. The term is named after Descartes because of his well-known emphasis on “mind” as different from “body”, “self” as different from “other“.
“Outside the metaphysical, postmodernists are fucking driving themselves batty trying to figure out what Truth is and they can’t even determine if their tools of investigation work because finding one aspect of truth means you have to accept all the corresponding aspects…
Just in case you’re wondering, Cartesian anxiety is one of the reasons we got the hell out of the 17th century as fast as we could. Okay, not the main reason.
Gah, no more… my head hurts