"Where does the mind stop and the rest of the world begin? The question invites two standard replies. Some accept the demarcations of skin and skull, and say that what is outside the body is outside the mind. Others are impressed by arguments suggesting that the meaning of our words “just ain’t in the head”, and hold that this externalism about meaning carries over into an externalism about mind. We propose to pursue a third position. We advocate a very different sort of externalism: an active externalism, based on the active role of the environment in driving cognitive processes."
Andy Clark & David Chalmers
"Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious."
Thomas Aquinas
"A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses."
"Instead of being grave and mysterious…they walked with a swing and let their arms and shoulders free, and chatted and laughed. One was whistling. You could see that they were ready to be friends with anyone who was friendly and didn’t give a fig for anyone who wasn’t."
C.S. Lewis, describing the Narnians in enemy territory in The Horse and His Boy
"Man is the measure of all things: of things which are, that they are, and of things which are not, that they are not."
"A universe in which nothing whatever changed (including the thoughts of the conscious beings in it) would be a timeless universe."
John Ellis McTaggart
"Then knowledge is to be found not in the experiences but in the process of reasoning about them; it is here, seemingly not in the experiences, that it is possible to grasp being and truth."
"If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give."
Bertrand Russell
"With my last breath, I’ll exhale my love for you. I hope it’s a cold day, so you can see what you meant to me.
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Hi, I am currently a Philosophy student at the undergraduate level preparing for my senior thesis. I was hoping you could give me some tips or advice for applying/preparing for graduate school. Also I am curious to know if you are trained in the Analytic or Continental tradition. Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

i was trained in the analytic tradition. try to have your writing sample done early so you’ve time to write personal statements. ask your professors for a letter in person and when they have a good impression of you and sufficient knowledge of your ability. in which tradition are you being trained in? reply off anon

and good luck!

"They say Thales was studying the stars, Theodorus, and gazing aloft, when he fell into a well; and a witty and amusing Thracian servant-girl made fun of him because, she said, he was wild to know about what was up in the sky but failed to see what was in front of him and under his feet. The same joke applies to all who spend their lives in philosophy."

The official conclusion of the Theaetetus is that we still do not know how to define knowledge. Even on the most sceptical reading, this is not to say that we have not learned anything about what knowledge is like…

…And as many interpreters have seen, there may be much more to the ending than that. It may even be that, in the last two pages of the Theaetetus, we have seen hints of Plato’s own answer to the puzzle. Perhaps understanding has emerged from the last discussion, as wisdom did from 145d-e, as the key ingredient without which no true beliefs alone can even begin to look like they might count as knowledge. Perhaps it is only when we, the readers, understand this point—that epistemological success in the last resort depends on having epistemological virtue—that we begin not only to have true beliefs about what knowledge is, but to understand knowledge.

Timothy Chappell