Privilege of language

Wittgenstein argues that our world is our language. That is, we are cognitive beings, we human beings. We have a sense of consciousness, a sense of self, a sense of what it is to be someone who describes things, who notices things, who feels things even though they can choose to be stoic about it, […]

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What do you want to want? A short primer on the power of philosophical self-development.

In ethical philosophy, the study of what people should do, there’s this notion of first- and second-order desires. A first-order desire happens when a person wants something, whether explicitly (out loud) or implicitly (by their action): a person wants the pleasure and nutrition from eating a blueberry muffin. A person wants a paycheck. Needs that new first […]

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