Foxed

A couple of questions-

1] Sachin scored a double century yesterday and I wanted to ask a friend if he was celebrating this as a ‘1square ton’. But before putting my foot in my mouth, I thought a little more and realized that 1square is not 2 and neither isContinue reading “Foxed”

POCO, POMO, POPOMO – But What About the MO itself ?

The eventual plan is to open an investigation of POMOism. In order to begin to understand what Post Modernism might be meaning, I suggest that perhaps we ought first to have some idea of what Modernism was trying to do. I feel that only by contrast with or in continuation of MODERNISM can we make sense of the Post- Modern.

Very briefly (and perhaps somewhat crudely) Modernism could be characterized as that tendency in Western art and literature that moved away from the endemic certainty of classical art (stemming from a firm faith in science and Reason) as also from a firm faith in a compassionate , all powerful Creator who supervised the orderliness of the universe.Continue reading “POCO, POMO, POPOMO – But What About the MO itself ?”

Rites of Passage and the Loss of Context

Rites of passage are initiation rites, customs, practices that ease the transition of a person from one stage of being into another within the society. They inform him of his new identity and signal his acceptance, inclusion and integration into the new scheme of things.  They mark milestones in a changing course of an age and acknowledge a new phase of existence so that a person is inducted into this transformation without disorientation.

These rites will be seriously pursued only if the transformations being effected have the people in focus. That is to say, if the individual, his life and his aspirations are the aim of the transformations. However, if the changes being wrought have an altogether different motive; where the individual or even the community is immaterial to the ultimate design and is, in fact, only a commodity to be manipulated for one goal – that of maximizing extraction – then be it from people, communities, nations or all of nature and the earth itself, then, in such a phase, the rites of passage become immaterial, unnecessary and expendable.Continue reading “Rites of Passage and the Loss of Context”

Go Figure – A Note on Explanation

When I was three years old my grandmother would often put me to bed by saying,” Look, the sun has already gone to bed under the blanket of the sea and the moon, his mother, having put off the lights in the sky, is watching over him while he sleeps.” For quite some years thereafter, this was an entirely satisfactory explanation of the sunset for me.Continue reading “Go Figure – A Note on Explanation”

Opening on Free Will/Determinism

The Free Will v/s Determinism controversy hinges round the concept of Causation. Science assumes that all events have a cause. If an event has a cause, then it is determined by the cause. ‘All events’ include human action – more specifically – humans exercising ‘choice’ between actions. If all acts are thus determined by antecedent causes, then there is no room for free will.Continue reading “Opening on Free Will/Determinism”

Old Posts

I’m just putting some old posts of mine scattered all around cyberspace together here for now. Will edit and organize neatly a bit later.

ATTEMPTED INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy perhaps is the only subject that has yet not agreed upon what is its subject matter or even what it aims to achieve in spite of it being the oldest science in civilization.Continue reading “Old Posts”