Discursive Dialectics is a blog by a philosopher, but it is not a philosophy blog. That is, it is not aimed at fellow philosophers about our discipline. Topics on this blog will range from the most ordinary, everyday things to current events and on occasion, philosophy. Even then, however, my audience is intended to be broad. Philosophy—seeking to understand ourselves and our world—is a fundamental human activity. Yes, there is a specific academic discipline of philosophy for professionals, but philosophy can and should benefit everyone. It is not as if only culinary masters cook, auto technicians drive cars, or economists manage personal bank accounts. Whatever it is I write about, I cannot help but to approach it with the mind of a philosopher. That may not always be explicit on the surface in any given post, that is just where I come from. In the Apology, Socrates said that the philosophical life is to examine oneself and others. He also stated that the unexamined life is not worth living. To my students, I like to rephrase that to say the unexamined life is never really lived. So on this blog I will be examining myself and others to the end of trying to learn a little bit about this thing we call life and, I hope, to live it better.
ABOUT THE TITLE:
Discursive can refer to moving from topic to topic or a series of digressions. It can also refer to modes of discourse where one seeks a conclusion through a process of reasoning. Here it means both.
Dialectics in its most basic meaning simply refers to a process of reasoning in dialogue in pursuit of the truth of something.