Monthly Archives: March 2012

Political Custom

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Geographical Custom

I am finding it a little difficult to give an exhaustive description of each of the three kinds of slavery to custom (that we mentioned here). For example it is difficult to make a distinction between the customary ideas we … Continue reading

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Temporal Custom

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Let’s pretend we’re all scientists!

Anyone who has studied history or philosophy will necessarily have become aware of various curiosities affecting the way people have spoken and expressed themselves in various times. I am not speaking about the various languages that people speak but rather … Continue reading

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Slavery to Custom

  I have to admit that of the four kinds of slavery that prevent us from thinking well and thinking for ourselves, slavery to custom is absolutely my favorite. The problem is that 75% of everything we say is said … Continue reading

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One World in Common

The waking have one world in common, whereas each sleeper turns away to a private world of his own. I think I need to write a song with that title. Sounds like a perfect song for some sort of world … Continue reading

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Cave Dwellers

All of these people are cave dwellers. They live in the gloomy cave that Socrates describes in Book VII of The Republic (see http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/allegory.html). They are all looking at the wall in front of them upon which there are shadows … Continue reading

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Slavery to Fashion

I don’t have any strong objection to men dressing according to the fashions of the 12th or 13th century if they happen to live in the 12th or 13th century. I assume the gentleman in the picture thought that he … Continue reading

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