Thought and Sport

Recently I have been making an attempt to widen my reading even more and so want to get back into reading Philosophy again.  In my researching for things to make this post interesting, it quickly and unsurprisingly descended into just watching Monty Python videos.  And from that, this post now exists…or does it, really?

Philosophy is something that could drive a person to the drink but thankfully the lighter side distracted me before the decision to finally plump for Soren Kierkegaard and John Stuart Mill to join the reading pile.  All I need now is the right sort of drinking frame of mind to really get the most out of them.

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14 Replies to “Thought and Sport”

  1. YouTube is brilliant for creating some kind of vortex in the space-time continuum. I found myself spending house watching fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ films at the Royal Opera House the other day when I should have been researching footage for a LeapingTracks post on Brazilian music. Anyway, Kierkegaard and Mill – that will certainly keep you out of mischief. You might also like to check out In Our Time’s episodes on them both, which are as good as every single other episode in this series. I hope these links work, but they are easily searchable if not: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p003c1cx and https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b009fycc

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    1. Excellent, thank you for the link, I will listen to them to them when not lost in a book, writing, exploring ways to make money and such other things. First, maybe just one more YouTube video…

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  2. Yes, as I found out when my brother and I were trying to sing the Philosophers’ Song together, there is more than one version. Being brother and sister, we of course argued over who was singing the correct version. But if you want to go back to philosophy, then try John Stuart Mill. His classic text “Utilitarianism” is a fairly quick read for a philosophical text, and is fairly easily comprehensible. Did you know his father taught him to read and write Greek and Latin when he was four? Four years old, that is, not four pints into the wind or something. I find that amazing. I didn’t learn Greek and Latin (as far as I mastered them, which I’m sure wasn’t as good as his learning of them) when I was somewhere between twenty and twenty-one! And I retain only faint traces of them now, enough to recall a few words and phrases, whereas he used them throughout his writing life. What a guy!

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    1. I picked up On Liberty but will check out Utilitarianism as soon as I finish that one. Laptop space is at a premium these days since people keep sending me stuff to read. Not that I am complaining of course. I didn’t know about the language fact, children’s brains take in languages easier when young but he still had to learn English too. That is extremely impressive. Although I am sure we could be fluent in Greek and Latin were we to have a few pints.

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      1. There’s also one called something like “On the Rights of Women.” An early feminist text by a man. I haven’t read it, sad to say, but it’s supposed to be good.

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  3. I am pleased to see you have begun your philosophical journey with the acme of overviews of the different philosophers – Bruce’s Song. Comparing and contrasting drinking styles is as good a way as any to begin a discussion about their various ideologies. 😉 Loved watching the football match again!

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    1. I may have to treat the song as a drinking guide for when I do pick the books up. I left Plato for the moment as I have yet to acquire a strong taste for whiskey. I found myself watching Cleese doing Graham Chapman’s eulogy again recently. What a send off.

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