Posted: Jan 19, 2017 8:13 am
by Cito di Pense
BWE wrote:I definitely think it is more akin to literature than scientific experiment. That isn't really saying anything though except pushing the question back to the role of narrative in shaping society.

You don't even have to attribute that tiny and abstruse significance to it; you do it because you want to. Not everyone is interested in the role of narrative in shaping society. Philosophers, historians maybe, but it depends. Those with political leanings, perhaps. If you really want to participate in politics, buy yourself a politician.

You'll need an anthropologist to discuss with you the way narrative shapes society in your culture. More narrative, there, but it's getting a bit recursive, innit? With or without a nameable philosophy, people talk politics, and somebody like you is willing to name it for them. Taxonomy, naming conventions. If you're happy with that, so am I.

It's true that there is a lot of obsessing about political matters in some threads, here, and around the world, but that's an appeal to popularity, again. Perhaps philosophy could help explain that without descending into trivialities and tautologies and appeals to the popularity of simple ideas obfuscated. You have a long road ahead of you if you want to say anything specific about the role of narrative in shaping society. Any two can play! The individual's coming to grips with significance is just religion. And literature? You like what you like. Are you not entertained?

VazScep wrote:If your budget only covers an armchair...

You won't be buying any politicians this week. :evilgrin: