1) When we feel that we are complacent in our outlook, that our vocabularies are too final and too self-certain, that they form a world picture too familiar, we can ventilate our lexical rooms with new words and new languages, found ones and made ones. This ventilation is central to the ecology of self-determination.
2) ‘Who takes seriously the idea that an idea, or notion, or principle, could contain the criteria of its own correct application?’ Richard Rorty in Deconstruction and Pragmatism, Chantal Mouffe (ed.), London, Routledge, 1996, p69
3) ‘Philosophy, we might say, outruns politics pretty quickly, and also starts playing with itself’. Richard Rorty in Deconstruction and Pragmatism, Chantal Mouffe (ed.), London, Routledge, 1996, p69
4) ‘At this point, it seems to me, we need to make room for eupraxsophy, a new field of knowledge and a craft. […] Eupraxsophers will concentrate on two tasks: (1) They will seek sophia or wisdom, a summing-up in a synoptic view of what the most reliable knowledge of the day tells us about nature and humankind. (2) They will also be concerned with eupraxia, that is, with eu (good) and praxis (conduct) – succinctly, good conduct. They will, in other words, attempt to draw the normative implications of sophia for living our practical life’. Paul Kurtz, Exuberant Skepticism, John R Shook (ed.), New York, Prometheus Books, 2010, pp155-156
5) ‘The gap we face is that we do not always know how discoveries in one field relate to those in others. […] Eupraxsophers will strive to be generalists’. Paul Kurtz, Exuberant Skepticism, John R Shook (ed.), New York, Prometheus Books, 2010, p150 and p155
6) Indebted to Rorty, what an epitaph it would make, please remember, ‘Here lies but a mere kibitzer’.