Monday, June 15, 2015

Engaged Reasonableness

"Adulthood, for Kant and for Neiman, “requires facing squarely the fact that you will never get the world you want, while refusing to talk yourself out of wanting it.” It is a state of neither easy cynicism nor na├»ve idealism, but of engaged reasonableness."

A.O. Scott, New York Times Sunday Book Review (June 15, 2015) of Susan Neiman's Why Grow Up? Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux, 2015.

I think this is where I have been stuck these past couple of months, facing the reality of my world and trying to figure out how to engage reasonably with it. Ah, the imminent arrival of a certain birthday...

Much better to just add a few photos of beautiful dogs instead of ruminating on philosophical questions that have been pestering us for at least 300 or 400 years.