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learning to hear

[here is a weak summary of last week’s Metaphysics classes:]

In the first 2 classes, we reviewed the syllabus and direction of the class.

How do we study philosophy?
 
Many sciences (chemistry, physics, math, etc.) have an approach that is a “theoretical imposition” (objective observation).  This is a result of “modernity” (about the last 300 years).

Philosophy studies man, world and god.  Since we are a part of the subject, we cannot fully objectify our observations.  This does not mean we cannot see the entire pictures.  It involves and should embrace the mystery.  We must, therefore, listen to the “conversation” that we are a part of (subjective).

We begin our discovering as young children.  We slowly “unveil” reality through the use of language (from our parents).  We are imbedded in a world that is linguistic always a part of the mystery, filled with presuppositions.

What came first … language or the world (chicken or the egg)?  Language is the medium by which “being” manifests & reveals itself.  The Bible echoes this idea at the beginning of creation in Genesis where God breathed life into man.  Also seen in the beginning of the Gospel of John, where “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

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