Re: [Sartre] Re: analytic and synthetic thinking
- Hi Phil,
On 23 Dec 2005, at 21:29, theoryphil2004 wrote:
>> Coincidentally, I received yesterday in my daily Spanish quotations
>> email the following quotation from the French writer Nicolas
>> Chamfort, obviously a "continental" by virtue of his country of
>> birth, residence and language:
> What a great way to make the distinction. So now Frege must be a
> Continental and remind me where Wittgenstein was from and where he
> wrote the Tractatus?
Hmm, but I was referring to the "distinction" that you had already
made in your post entitled Re: analytic and continental thinking
> Or is he a Continental philosopher because he comes from the
I used the double quote marks to indicate that I was quoting you and
thus subjecting that assumption to some skepticism.
It appears that there has been a difficulty in preserving the
necessary assumptions for our discussion to proceed to our mutual
benefit. But that was my exact point! Where are these assumptions?
I have to wonder why you joined our Sartre list if you weren't
interested in challenging some of your assumptions.
I have been active on this list for about 6 years, and I base my
assumptions, in this forum, on those established by Sartre's work. If
I wish to challenge any of Sartre's assumptions then I will make it
explicit that that is what I am engaged in. That is my definition, as
moderator, of topicality.
I have to reiterate that there is no point in pursuing an interest in
Sartre's philosophy if one persists in approaching the subject in the
light of assumptions gained from a (however well advanced) study of
Presumably you would agree that Wittgenstein fits into the general
category of "analytic" thinker?
I appreciate your contributions to this forum and willingness to
engage in robust debate. I don't take any of your criticisms
personally as I am merely taking a position that I believe Sartre's
thought indicated. It may be that a position I have taken hasn't been
always very well thought through but the fact that you are able to
find in it something to which to respond justifies it as valid, for
my purposes at least, and for those of this forum.
I certainly wouldn't try and enforce the "analytic" norms that exist
in current UK and US academic institutions on this forum. To do so
would be, in my view, to deprive Sartre of what is most valuable
about his thought.