By I.C. Jarvie, N. Laor
I guess Joseph Agassi's most sensible and dearest self-description, his cher ished want, is to perform what his 1988 booklet supplies: The light artwork of Philosophical Polemics. yet for me, and for therefore many that understand him, our Agassi is tough-minded, no longer delicate, now not so light. actual to his loved serious considering, he's ever the falsificationist, trying out himself in fact up to each person else. How, he asks himself, can he interact others of their personal self-critical exploration? worsen? query their good judgment, their proof, their presuppositions, their rationales? Subvert their reasoning, discover their explanations? support them to lose their stability, yet consistently aid them, lead them to do it to, and for, themselves. Out in their personal mouths, and minds, and mind's eye. a special instructor, in lecture room and out; no longer for everybody. Agassi isn't fairly a decent textual Talmudist disputant, now not really the competitor available to buy of rules provided for persuasive sale, now not relatively the smart cross-examining legal professional recommend, now not fairly a philosopher-scientist, no longer a sceptic greater than precious, no longer really embat tled within the bloody international yet by no means above the conflict both . . . yet a great deal of all of those, and steeped in intelligence and stable will.
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Everywhere I bring about metamorphoses. I see the mouse as a bridge to the Supermouse, and the whale as a bridge from a drowning mammal to the Superwhale. C. ), Critical Rationalism, Metaphysics and Science. Essays for Joseph Agassi, Vol. I, 29-32. © 1995 Kluwer Academic Publishers. 30 N: S: N: S: N: S: N: S: N: ABNER SHIMONY pupils, my disciples, and my companions in cosmic ascent. Some of them were born as carnivores, with an instinct to tear the flesh of other living creatures. And now, under my tutelage, they have put aside their savage ways and eat grass like the ewes and dance in the meadows with the lambs.
Actually, this last statement is not quite correct (as I said, she is not a perfect exemplification of epiphenomenalism); for on the next Thursday evening, when her old friends have come round as usual to play dominoes, she makes a superhuman effort of will, a little life briefly enters her stiff fingers, and she actually begins to spell out the terrible truth; but she only gets as far as "Therese and Laurent ... " Then her hand falls paralysed. She has become what Russell said all of us always are: a powerless prisoner of an alien world.
I, the author of The Birth o/Tragedy, the prophet of Beyond Good and Evil, the creator of Zarathustra a journalist! What else should one call a man who distorts fine thoughts by presenting them sensationalistically; who writes hysterically and arouses hysteria'in his audience; who plants the seeds of cruelty in his analyses, and then cynically despises the ignorant readers who wallow in his cruelty while disregarding his logic? How grossly unfair! I am a prophet, a philosopher! No, though you might have been.