Maybe the truth is unattainable, but it’s possible to at least get close to it… and further away from what it’s not (The philosophy of: Plato’s Cave)

In Y Tu Mamá También, as part of their manifesto, the Charolastras believe that ‘The Truth is cool, but unattainable’. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try to attain it. And it may not be about learning what’s truth and then confirming it over and over, it might be more important to …

The Philosophy of: Socrates and The Mighty Boosh’s Vince Noir – Question everything. Even what the black bits in bananas are.

This is Vince Noir from The Mighty Boosh. The greatest TV character in television history of TV (television vision)? I say yes please. And just Socrates used to do (which also pissed people off), here is questioning the stuff that is assumed. Because actually if someone says they know what …

What are you attached to? If you remove it from your life, can you handle it? + The Philosophy of: Socrates (on indifference)

Is it possible to not get attached to anything? Because nothing is actually yours. Your house, your car, your lifestyle, your marriage, your dog, your possessions, they’re not yours. They can easily be removed from your life in ways you have no control over (maybe even suddenly without warning). Oh okay. …

Am I full of shit? – If you think you’re right about something, find someone to challenge you. You’ll see if you’re actually on to something, or just full of it [+ how Socrates approached this]

In Plato’s Theaetetus, Thedourus and Socrates debate what it is to ‘know’ or ‘perceive’ something. And Socrates being the annoying (but excellently annoying) bloke he was, badgers Theaetetus about what they believe knowledge actually is. Theodorus’ viewpoint gets stripped bare by Socrates to the point where everything he thought he knew …

Was Socrates taking the piss? [pt.2] – Does saying ‘There’s only one thing I know – that I know nothing’ actually mean you’re saying you know TWO things?

This is something my girlfriend suggested to me after yesterday’s post on the better way to approach knowledge and whether Socrates was taking the piss. If Socrates said ‘There’s only one thing I know – that I know nothing.’, doesn’t that mean that he’s saying he actually knows TWO things? …

Was Socrates taking the piss when he said this? Isn’t saying ‘I don’t know anything’ still a form of knowing something? Instead of ‘I don’t know anything’, would it not have been more accurate to say ‘Do I know anything?’?

This is something that my mate Matt said the other day… If Socrates was the wisest bloke human guy there ever was, and he used to say ‘There’s only one thing I know… that I don’t know anything,’ doesn’t that mean that he still claimed to know that fact –the …