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Welcome to James' Philosophical Agora - James' Meeting Place On-Line. (Updated June 2017)
‘James' Philosophical Agora’ is an on-line archive for various pieces of personal writing on mostly fairly serious subjects; yet hopefully with a few amusing or curious items and anecdotes along the way as well. Many pieces were primarily written to share with individual friends, but are made available here for any others who might find the points discussed interesting or helpful, or who are 'treading the same path' and may wish to comment or add to them.
I have a separate blog where I share my enthusiasm for the specific philosophical tradition of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle at: Socrates 4 Today
As well as leaving comments on any of the blog posts, you can also contact me personally if you would like to discuss any particular items further: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Thought I would share this short email I sent to a friend last week with my philosophical friends:
I am in Delphi for a few days and got into an interesting conversation this morning with a young guy from Delphi. He explained a couple of interesting Greek words to me.
Well you know what HUBRIS is - and how the God wacks people back down into place who show any hubris. (Iporopis in Greek)
So he told me this word OK: APOTHEIOSES - which is the opposite of Hubris and the God wacking a person down - and we've both been wacked down a few times now buddy.....
APOTHEIOSES means to start from the bottom - and work your way up again - but in a better way - including working your way all the way up to the divine....... Nice word eh...... Funny old people these Greeks :)
So APOTHEIOSES my friend.....
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Sunday 26th August 2012
Re Lists and Not Making so many:
I think I have mentioned that I am trying not to make as many lists from now on. Hence I stood up and signed into FB to write this note rather than put it on my list of things to do tomorrow; e.g. Write to so and so about such and such.....
Anyway..... in UK a few months ago I was getting bogged down by my 'main' list of things to do in the near future.... and was starting to get anxious that the items on the list seemed not to be compatible with each other..... How can you be planning to open a modest school/place/apartment for philosophy in Athens and be in the UK applying for jobs at the same time. They just do not fit together do they? :)
But then in contemplation in Greece during my recent visit a month or so ago - I realised that it was simple "if" one found the correct "common denominator"....... rather like adding those fractions at school. Without the correct common denominator in life things are complicated and seem impossible. However, find the right common denominator and away you go again........
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Modern Politics 01 - Please Can You Tell Me the Answer to Some Basic Questions On Politics and The Media ?
1) How much do our political leaders really know?
- Where did they learn it?
- Who taught them all these important things?
- How long did it take to teach them these things?
- Is being a politician - or running the local council - like learning to be a doctor or a pilot or a physicist? After all, we would not let a doctor operate on us without the correct training, or a mechanic fix our cars, so I was just wondering what training politicians have to run the country?
2) Does it take any special qualities, abilities, or intelligence to be a politician; or can anyone learn how to do it?
3) Has our type of democracy with power always resting with the same few 2 or 3 political parties become out of date; or is the system working just fine? Are there any alternatives or improvements we could make?
- Would is make things better or worse to have more independent MP’s?
- What other types of democracy are there anyway?
4) Does the media - which is largely owned by a very few big companies and individuals - have too much influence on which political party gets elected?
- Are there some measures we could easily take to limit the power of the media in our democratic elections - and so improve a little the democratic system we have?
- What recommendations do we expect the Leverson inquiry to suggest on such matters?
5) Does the media present the public with a balanced argument on most important issues so that ordinary people have a reasonable grasp of the positive and negative points surrounding an issue?
- How will ordinary people decide who to vote for if they do not have a reasonable grasp of both sides of an argument?
- Should there be a new law in the UK like the trade description law and libel law to cover deliberately misinforming or misleading the public on various important issues - e.g. 'The deliberate Misinformation Act' Is such a proposal so ridiculous – when all other products and services are subject to the Trade Descriptions Act easily enough? Would it be so difficult to insist on more balanced reporting in major media news - printed, TV, cable - outlets?
6) Does the general public know who owns most of the media? After all, we would not allow one banker to own 70 % of the banks (monopolies commission) or one grocer all the supermarkets, or even brewer to own all our pubs. So what is the situation with the media? For example, if BSKY has 12 million “subscribers” - out of around 15 million households in the UK. Was Vince Cable right to be concerned about this matter? Has anyone apologised to him publicly for the way he was treated last year when expressing concerns when the BSKY deal looked like going through?
7) Is the current monopolies legislation adequate in the UK to oversee the media and take good regard the public interest? Is anyone public figure brave enough to put their head above the parapet and say what they would like to see the Leveson Inquiry do. Or will they simple wait to criticise whatever recommendations Leverson actually makes?
'..... to understand how it is - is to begin (the first step) to improve what is.....'
(Zeitgeist – The Movie)
‘….. We must not let people remain doubly ignorant. If people think they already know the answer to something when they do not they will not even look for the correct answers to problems or consider better options. They will remain “doubly ignorant” – which is much worse than knowing you do not know something and looking for the right answer.’
Friday, January 13, 2012
Pieces about Current Interests 2017 - 2018
New 2016 - Thoughts and Ideas from Greece
Earlier Posts On This Blog from 2015
- Economy - Greece - 01 - The Big Greek Export They stoped Making
- Economy - Greece - 02 - Greek Debts - Think Outside The Bank Box
- Economy - Greece - 03 - Greece Thinks Germany Owes The Debt - Distimo
- Human Soul - Does it Exist - and Is It Immortal if it Does?
- On Love - 01 - Love Has Many Guises
- On Love - 02 - Regarding the Longevity of True Love
- Politics 01 - Can You Tell Me Please ? Some Basic Questions About Politics
- Practical Philosophy 01 - "Know Thyself" - (Socrates Encourages Young Alcibiades Who Wants Political Office..... part A of a talk )
- Practical Philosophy 02 - Your Own Unique Philosophical Path and tips on how to uncover it - part B of "Know Thyself" talk
- Practical Philosophy 03 - Arete and Living With Virtue
- Practical Philosophy 04 - Apotheioses - and starting from the bottom again
- Practical Philosophy 05 - Life Is An Opportunity - and we have to choose wisely....
- Science 01 - How Algorithms Shape Our Modern World and Choose Our TV Programmes For Us !
- Spiritual Writing 01 - The Boats and the Choice of Companions for that Long Voyage. (A letter to my friend George - 2004)
- Spiritual Writing 02 - The Library of Life - Finding The Correct Spiritual Path and Knowing Thyself (A second letter to my friend George - 2005)
- Tips For The Week.... A Few Light Hearted Suggestions for Real Philosophers struggling along life's varied Path