Derik O.


Orlando, FL
Hometown: Harrogate, UK

Member since:

December 10, 2013


Kindly tell us a little about yourself and your interest in philosophy.

First of all, sorry for my half hearted entries last time. Most meet ups haven't cared about my responses until now, so I just phoned them in. I am a Zen Buddhist and my interest in philosophy is motivated but non attached. I enjoy expanding my horizons, but I do not hold any beliefs myself. I have read exhaustively of Zen history and philosophy, Confucius, Mencius, as well as some of the western greats like: Nietzsche, Thucydides, Schopenhauer, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, and just a good base of Ancient Greek thinking such as that of the stoics. If you include me in your group I will come with no agenda other than to learn what I can. I am not a particularly passionate person. I won't ever be angry or determined to get attention or anything your group might find disruptive. Also, it's a promising sign to me that you took the time to review and decline my first application. I would have declined it too if I had a group about which I cared. This time I hope my answers are acceptable.

Which two or three programs from the Plato's Cave past meeting archive interest you the most?

I thought the ones about punishment and the social contract as well as the aesthetic discussion looked interesting. About the punishment debate especially, I have a great many thoughts. I was a non-com in the Army for some years and the science of punishment on the human brain was a subject I pursued often to guide my training process. Over the years my understanding of this subject has been refined, so I could definitely speak on the topic for some time. Mind you, my thoughts would either be statements of fact, hypothesis derived from trends in a group of facts, or speculation for the purpose of just expanding discussion. I never have any thoughts about things being right or wrong or better or worse. I stick to what is the specific nature of the cause and effect relationships guiding a specific system or event. But as I said, I am also happy to not talk about anything and just listen to others if that is preferable to others. I will speak or listen at the pleasure of my peers.

Do you accept the member guidelines described in the Plato's Cave 'about' section?

yes i do!


Hello my name is Derik Oishi. I am Zen Buddhist of the esoteric Rinzai sect. I joined the Army on my 17th birthday, later became an intel analyst for the govt., and now I am a full time student. I would very much enjoy hearing other people's thoughts


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