November 9, 2011
Well, philosophy relates to everything. I think the ordinary language philosophers are the way I want to go. I'm just starting to read Stanley Cavell, namely his autobiography, "Little Did I Know: Excerpts from Memory." This retired Harvard philosopher is so democratic. For example, he writes much on Hollywood movies of the 1920s, what he calls comedies of remarriage. "Adam's Rib" is one of those. In his autobiography he sounds open, transparent. That is, he is trying to remember how it was and is. He is very familiar with Freud and can talk about his life with sophistication and depth and puzzlement.
I work as a nurse in Georgetown - in an Alzheimer's Unit. I became interested in philosophy by way of theological studies. I've been a nurse only 5 years. Of course, all the sciences have become embodied the past 50 years. That's encouraging.
Well, so many of the Discussion Groups appear to be exclusive. "When we finish our book, you can join us." Such a spirit is the last thing one would expect from philosophy. Such a group is probably not worth attending. Philosophy has got to be free and more ordinary!