20 May 2011

Photography & Philosophy (Still Another Time)

I have posted here a bunch of times about Steve Pyke and his portraits of philosophers. Over at The New Yorker you can find this announcement of an exhibition of his work in NYC starting today. The portrait I've lifted here is Kwame Anthony Appiah who does lots of interesting things. In one of my earlier posts I lifted a somewhat different portrait of Appiah but want to re-use this caption:
"I started philosophy looking for answers. But along the way I came to prize exploring the questions. Progress in philosophy consists, I think, in a clearer delineation of the conceptual options, not in reaching determinate conclusions." ~ K. Anthony Appiah
Why repeat this? Because it seems pretty smart. I work in a department that thinks social inquiry generates "determinate conclusions". There is little evidence that it does and a lot of reason to think that what we are best able to do is generate clearer understandings of our possibilities.

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