Sunday, February 5, 2017

EAIM: Modes of Experience

"You shall not wear cloth of wool and linen mixed together."
- Deuteronomy 22:11
Your sense of sight is color and form. Your sense of hearing is sound.  Though they both inform you about the nature of your world of experience, we can't thereby say, "I am hearing the color blue." It's a confused idea. The world of hearing has nothing to do with the world of sight. They are separate worlds of experience.

While this much is obvious, Michael Oakeshott clarifies other, less obvious, kinds of confusion. By the way he sees things, the worlds of Science, History, and Practice are towards each other like sight and hearing are towards each other.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Practical Man Looks Up

"What's this? Am I falling? My legs are giving way," thought he, and fell on his back. He opened his eyes, hoping to see how the struggle of the Frenchmen with the gunners ended, whether the red-haired gunner had been killed or not and whether the cannon had been captured or saved. But he saw nothing. Above him there was now nothing but the sky- the lofty sky, not clear yet still immeasurably lofty, with gray clouds gliding slowly across it. "How quiet, peaceful, and solemn; not at all as I ran," thought Prince Andrew- "not as we ran, shouting and fighting, not at all as the gunner and the Frenchman with frightened and angry faces struggled for the mop: how differently do those clouds glide across that lofty infinite sky! How was it I did not see that lofty sky before? And how happy I am to have found it at last! Yes! All is vanity, all falsehood, except that infinite sky. There is nothing, nothing, but that. But even it does not exist, there is nothing but quiet and peace. Thank God!..."
- Tolstoy, War and Peace