The ‘Protagoras Paradox of the Court’ Is A Non-Starter Philosophy

This little story — also called ‘Paradox of the Court’ — keeps coming up in different versions all the time and even lawyers find it baffling, which I find quite strange. After having been asked the solution over and over again, when the same problem was sent over to me by a student once again today, I decided to write my response and publish it....

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Experience Is A Product Of Reason Philosophy

The contours of one’s understanding are determined and limited only by the boundaries of reason and experience. But I believe that is already too well known to be commented or elaborated upon. However, I often myself wondering as to whether experience is fashioned by reason or reason is honed and sharpened by experience, and I have so far not been able to find a satisfactory...

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Knowledge, Truth And Delusion Philosophy

Much of what surfaces as the face of the world is nothing more than a general agreement founded upon the preponderance of convenience. This might be just a little bit complex to understand, I agree. To say that the truth is sacrificed at the altar of convenience is also incorrect because it is rarely that the whole truth is knowable. In the absence of complete...

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The invisible hand Philosophy

Who decides what one will be? In whose hands does one’s future lie? These are the questions that sound big and ring loud. Let’s try the smallest possible question. Who decides what one thinks? Now, anybody can answer this one. And nearly everyone would come up with a wrong reply, for the most obvious answer is not quite the answer. It is not the thinker...

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Gujarat 2002: The Unforgettable Personal / Philosophy / Politics

Let me start off by admitting that no matter how hard I try I just can’t forget Gujarat 2002. No, I was not personally affected by the pogrom; not even remotely. And, no, I am not a Muslim behind a Hindu pseudonym, in case you are wondering. I am a normal Indian. An average Indian who believes in simple things, and has simple – almost...

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Law, Morality and Limits of Reason Law / Philosophy

“Drinking itself is not bad.” “Is it good, then?” “No, I am not saying it is good. But just because someone drinks does not mean he or she is bad.” “Okay, drinking does not make one bad. Agreed. So, what is bad, who is bad, and what ‘makes’ one bad?” “The one who is immoral, does wrong and deceive people for his own benefit is...

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The Primacy Of Thought Philosophy

The thoughts that we think and the deeds that we do are connected in ways that we do not fully comprehend. I often found myself wondering if the act of thinking a thought was actually a deed and if an action in pursuance of an object carried the idea of the object within it, in which case an act was also a thought partially. Can...

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Sanity And Madness Philosophy

Madness has always been at loggerheads with sanity for a simple reason that sanity was always awarded the highest perch while insanity was condemned to the lowest grounds like it was a dirty secret fit only for the dungeons. Cage it, lock it and forget it, has always been the three-tier policy with respect to madness. I wouldn’t say that people did not critically analyze...

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The shapes in the clouds are not of their making. They don’t choose to be the way they look. It is a random creation of numerous creators created for no reason, for no purpose. And then we humans – the secondary creators – carve things into those random shapes, and the clouds start looking like ships, buildings, faces, gods. But the cloud remains the cloud...

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Anything that has life, grows. Think a worthy thought, and let it be. It would grow into something else. Sometimes into a colourful dazzle of unidentifiable shape. Sometimes into a morbid deformity of sorts. And sometimes into a pretty thing meant to be admired. But then, sometimes it dies down as though it never existed, like every other living thing. They are capable of living...

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