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About vera dumont

Eternal philosophy student

dream october 2nd

All I could see were my two feet, in sandals, walking, dragging tired, kicking sand off a hard dirt road, amber by the sun.  Looking at the sides, there was much of nothing.  A road flanked by long horizons of … Continue reading

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bible study in little portions

So, there I was at the Bible study that would  have gone on without me — but I was moved to go.  First, I got there at 10 am, worried I might be late because I had no idea when … Continue reading

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ethics and self care

It’s okay to include technology of the self in ethics.  Technology of the self is not my idea, the early Greeks had it first.  Foucault pointed it out in my favorite chapter with the same title (technology of the self) … Continue reading

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is there no such thing as meaning, Dr. Quine?

…so the basic idea in semiotic circles out there is that there is no such thing as meaning.   They intend to say that words do not have meaning per se.  Meaning is a convention we accept in the cultural … Continue reading

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“…because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do…” The power of advertising.

The most talented and creative minds work in advertising. When the campaign is good and the client is ethical, the writers open wordsmithing art to the cadence of thought from overture to a conclusive catch of phrase that doesn’t end … Continue reading

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free will

Only a reflective action is free — I wish this was my conclusion, but it’s Habermas. I agree and go the next step.  I say, if Habermas, then free decision requires options. Free-will is affirmed in function when there is … Continue reading

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life between right and wrong

In western society, the law divides actions in two directions: right and wrong via legal and illegal. This, as you obviously noticed, is a huge simplification of life. We do not live in a binary, dichotomized, manner. Life, in its … Continue reading

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