Søren Kierkegaard is one of the most intriguing philosophers in the Western tradition.

Memorable PassagesEdit

"Alas, Poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that."

-Hamlet, Act Five, Sc.1

One of the many greatest moments of Hamlet and Shakespeare's works.

"....You cannot separate the just from the unjust and the good from the wicked; For they stand together before the face of the sun even as the black thread and the white are woven together. And when the black thread breaks, the weaver shall look into the whole cloth, and he shall examine the loom also."

-Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

"It is supposed to be the most difficult task for a dancer to leap into a definite posture in such a way that there is not a second when he is grasping after the posture, but by the leap itself he stands fixed in that posture. Perhaps no dancer can do it -- that is what this knight does. Most people live dejectedly in worldly sorrow and joy; they are the ones who sit along the wall and do not join in the dance. The knights of infinity are dancers and possess elevation. They make the movements upward, and fall down again; and this too is no mean pastime, nor ungraceful to behold."

-Soren Aabye Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling

Fields of Interest: Computer science, Software engineering, Astronomy, Philosophy.

A Little LamentEdit

I've been on Wikipedia for a while, besides vacation
I find it very useful in finding information.
But alas, Poor Yorick, Wikipedia made me a Wikipediaholic
Damn it Wiki, a POX on thee!!
I've been on the 12 steps to recovery,
but got stuck on number three.

What to do, what to do
What would be the prudent thing to do?
Abstain thy Wiki? Ruin thee? Cry?
On the verge of madness, was I

And then I realized, in my newfound philosophy
That Wiki was a blessing, not a curse
So I embarked on a quest for knowledge
Searching for things like Gosport and nurse

To find in much horror, that it was BORING
I'd much rather go out and meet a girl
Throwing one-liners and scoring
So I decided to leave my loft, my wings unfurled

And I am reminded, as I leave the computer
Of an old folk parting, by two comedians, Johnny and Frank
Good Bye, so long, farewell, adieu mon vieux
Good Bye until we meet again!

(Probably next week, curse that Wikipediaholic ;) =Þ)

  • Falsificationism Looking for comments on lead.
  • Optimism should have a separate page that focuses on the philosophical idea of optimism and distinguishes the philosophical view from "positive thinking" and other everyday uses of the word.
  • Philosophy of social science, has some okay points but requires elaboration on Wittgenstein and Winch, perhaps other linguistic critiques, whether logical positivist or postmodernist.
  • Exchange value needs to be redone, it shouldn't be under 'Marxist theory'- although it's an important component of Marxist theory it's also vital for all economics. That said the article's weight on Marx is also absurd.
  • German Idealism and the articles related to it may need to be rewritten or expanded to avoid undue weight on Arthur Schopenhauer.
  • Protected values first section confuses right action and values and needs a copy edit, moving and wikifying
  • Quality (philosophy) needs a more clear explanation.
  • Socratic dialogues could do with some tidying and clarification. See the talk page for one suggested change.
  • Problem of universals: The introductory definition is (perhaps) fixed. But, the article is poor. Check out the German version.
  • Teleology: the article is shallow and inconsistent.
  • Existentialism: the quality of this article varies wildly and is in desperate need of expert attention.
  • Analytic philosophy This is a very major topic, but still has several sections which are stubs, and several topics which are not covered.
  • Lifeworld A philosophical concept that seems to have fallen exclusively into the hands of the sociologists. Could use some attention; it's a major and complex issue in phenomenology.
  • Perception Needs the attention of philosophically minded Wikipedians. This is only the start of an overhaul of perception and related articles.


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