Do you see what I mean by figurative language? That concepts derive from metaphor?
Words, which are all ideas have a purpose..
I agree with you there. I think words are well described as tools. To think of them as tools is to remember their relation to human desires/needs.
What are these tools made of? Sometimes a hammer-word becomes a screwdriver-word, by being used in a new way.
For instance, when Nietzsche says the spirit is a stomach. Our minds try to see our vague notion/image of spirit in relation to our notion/image of stomach. The word spirit is enriched (arguably) by being compared to an organ for digestion. But where does "spirit" come from in the first place?
c.1250, "animating or vital principle in man and animals," from O.Fr. espirit, from L. spiritus "soul, courage, vigor, breath," related to spirare "to breathe," from PIE *(s)peis- "to blow" (cf. O.C.S. pisto "to play on the flute").
The abstraction "spirit" traces back to blowing or breathing. "Breath" was used in a new context until it took on an abstract/contextual/metaphorical meaning.
The point is, that if language is going to serve a common purpose of effective comunication, meaning must remain stable...If it serves a devisive, or subversive use then anything goes, but positive change will be unlikely...Give up on language communication and other forms of communication will be found, like music, or violence..
I was talking to a local college professor of Social Science from Trinidad...He confessed the utter impossibility of convincing his students that they are living in luxury...We are modest people around here, struggling like many in america for our livelyhoods, and we compare ourselves to those better off with envy, mostly because we cannot imagine worse; but worse there is, and there is no point telling people from some distant Island that they are breeding themselves into oblivion, when we are all working slower or faster to that goal...The more insecure is our future the more we shoot children at it...
All this is way off track...
It may be slightly off topic, but one thing we can agree on is a distaste for greed and ingratitude. I work, get by without a safety net. Don't plan on bring kids into the picture. Wife agrees. It's selfish and cynical in one way, and kind in another. In a different society, we probably would make a different decision. Still, I'm not complaining. Life is good.
Life isn't life without children...
I don't expect anyone has the right to over breed...When people forgo having children out of economic concerns while there is plenty enough to go around then they are suffering injustice whether they do so by choice, or only accept what they cannot deny...Usually people stop having children, or do not have children because they think they cannot keep them in luxury, which is the last thing any child needs, only to find out that they could have afforded more than they thought early on...
I can generally agree with that. I would want to be sure decent healthcare and education would be available for him/her. At the same time I don't view offspring as necessary to happiness.
Not everyone has to have children, but to see your genes and life survive you is a cause for joy...
Concept-Man-Time is a permanent rainbow above the rolling flux of experience.
Yes, my father sees it this way. But I don't identify as much with my genes as with the wrinkles I have added to my gray matter. Books are babies whose diapers don't need changing.
A concept is one pole of a dialectic that also includes experience. We go back and forth from qualia to concept, concept to qualia, adjusting the concept as necessary. Concepts are inconceivable except as node in a network, as one concept refers to and is referred to by another. Because of this, we also find ourselves comparing a concept not to qualia/sensual experience, but to other concepts.
Philosophical discourse is largely an investigation of concepts and their relationship to one another. It seems only natural that at some point the concept itself must be examined, by which I mean the concept of concept. What is concept?
My current view: the concept is the presence of an absence. By absence I mean spatial absence. The concept is present in the mind, as a memory (the past) or a project (the future). The concept has been described as "nonbeing." Hegel took some heat for this. But Hegel did not mean nothingness. For those of you who like math, I suggest that the imaginary number ("i") is a good metaphor for "nonbeing." Being * i - concept. This is another way to say that Being - Being = "Being."
This may sound strange but the conceptualization of conceptualization is/was an important task for philosophy. I have presented my understanding(concept) of Hegel's concept of the concept. I don't expect that the game is over, but I'm delighted by what is already achieved.
This is like one of the smartest things you ever said...