Is philosophy a result or a process? A done thing or a doing?

In philosophy, particular symbolic acts are valued while others are devalued. For example, clarity is valued and vagueness is not. Order is valued, disorder not. Articulate philosophy is safe, while tongue-tied philosophy is a risk. Consistency is esteemed, contradiction admonished.

Yet, to be alive philosophy ought to be an inconsistency; a struggle to understand, a process of gaining clearness, always shouldering haze and obscurity.

Phenomenology, philosophy ‘performed’ as a descriptive process, has the capacity to turn away from analytic forms and turn towards writing. Writing is our entry into the incoherent. Use the checklist below to rate your words as good philosophical process writing. If you can tick three or more descriptors, congratulations. Keep writing.

 

CHECKLIST

My philosophical writing is,

  • Stupid
  • Messy
  • Disjointed
  • Difficult
  • Nonsensical
  • Frustrating
  • Incomplete
  • Confused
  • Struggling
  • Unfinished

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