Well, having finally penetrated and gained some insight into Bernard Lonergan’s Insight, it’s turning out to be a vertical adventure:
Depending on the reader and the book, it is a question of reading or of having an adventure.Boom stars:
Collision with an intelligent book makes us see a thousand stars (Dávila).
It’s not so much that he’s saying something different from what we've been trying to say for 17 years -- that's right, October 5, 2005 -- rather, that anyone else is saying it. Nor is it exactly giving me new and unfamiliar insights, rather, deepening the same old insight into my own insight.
Only ideas save us from adjectives.Wordiness is not an excess of words, but a dearth of ideas.Clarity is the virtue of a man who does not lack confidence in what he says.The deluded are prolix.
Vulgarity consists of pretending to be what we are not.And thanks to widespread access to higher education, there are more uneducated intellectuals than at any time in human history, credentialed vulgarians one and all. They’re still intellectuals — and then some — in the sense that they live in a world of ideas. It’s just that the ideas are childish, shallow, ignorant, false, and even delusional; they exude pride and have the density of granite. On Moe’s scale, they are Curly.
to a vulgar concept corresponds a vulgar fact; to a scientific concept, a scientific fact; and to a philosophic concept, a philosophic fact.