Sans Raison

How does one justify reason without reason? Isn’t this just circular reasoning— circular logic? Can one justify reason without employing reason? Can there be logic without reason?

The Age of Enlightenment is simultaneously the Age of Reason. Reason is the best path forward, and yet one can’t even board the train without a predisposition toward reason at the start.

This reminds me of the troubles the logical positivists encountered by claiming that everything need to be falsifiable, and yet this claim could not be falsified. It’s Hume’s ought problem.

One could employ empiricism, but can one arrive there alogically?

Is there a term for ‘not logical’ without the same baggage as illogical?

  • Alogical
  • Antilogical
  • Contralogical
  • Counterlogical
  • Delogical
  • Dislogical
  • Inlogical
  • Mislogical
  • Nonlogical
  • Oblogical
  • Unlogical

For example, a work of art is not (necessarily) logical, but neither is it illogical; this feels like improper usage. So, what prefix modifier would one employ to communicate ‘not within the sphere of logic’ in shorthand? Or is it just ‘not logical‘. That doesn’t seem quite right either.

Clearly, shambling down some rabbit hole…

Is Pogonotrophy a Scourge on Society?

I learnt a new word today: pogonotrophy. So, I decided to take it upon this new threat to society as we know it: pogon worship, a modern-day scourge.

Ian McKellen – Gandalf

It all started when I happened upon the Quartzy port, A Philosopher Wrote an Academic Paper on the Ethics of Growing a Beard.

My ‘research’ took me on a tour of pogonotomy and pogonophora, a world that until now I had not been previously exposed, yet not quite enough to inspire me to follow the path to pogonology.

Full disclosure: I only perused the article and did not pursue the submitted paper, so any commentary is not on the source—merely a reference thereto.

Ernest Hemmingway

So, this is a nonsensical post. Je m’accuse. I am no fan of beards or the hipsters  more categorically who sport them. Sure, some men look decent in beards—old, distinguished lot. I’m not talking the iconic yet ridiculous Abe Lincoln beard. Perhaps the weathered sea captain. 

I’m done. Nothing to see here. Move along…