Comparative and Western Philosophy Why should one engage in non-Western philosophical ideas? The topic is discussed at my new blog, here ....
Monday, August 1, 2011
Nothing is self-evident
There are some stylistic devices I just cannot stand. One of them is to label something as "self-evident" or obvious. If something is that easy to demonstrate, take the time to do it —it will not take long. If you do not do it, it is likely that you just would not know how, and in this case stating that no demonstration is needed does not strengthen your argument. Unless, of course, one aims at creating an interesting delusion rather than convincing someone in an epistemologically sound way. Further, if one is genuinely convinced that a given statement is self-evident, she might herself be under a similar delusion. Everyone used to believe that the earth was flat and that this was "self-evident". To assume an unreflected statement as self-evident is not appealing to common sense, it is just using a faulty method. It all becomes even more ironical if what is said to be obvious is, in fact, a controversial issue!
Do readers have words which just drive them crazy?