Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Style Council

Avishai Margalit said there are two styles of philosophers—i.e. philosophers and e.g. philosophers, explicators and illustrators, those who trust definitions and general principles and those who trust striking examples. This characterization gives rise to something of a paradox, for Margalit relies upon a general definition to identify this distinction between styles of philosopher, not something one would expect from someone who considers himself, and brilliantly models the style of, an e.g. philosopher--that is, one who trusts striking examples.

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