I just now came upon your blog and wanted to say how refreshing it is, and how impressive it is from a purely human standpoint. It is generous, unpretentious, knowledgeable, informative, instructive, kind, and well-connected to heaven and earth. In other words, it is free inquiry at its best. Clearly, it is the product of a deep, clear and gentle mind.
I must raise one issue, an issue which I’m sure you’ve addressed many times. Your decision to use the male pronoun is seen by many–very many–as a stumbling block. I’m sure you know this and have already addressed it, but I must raise it. In much philosophical literature the pronoun ‘her’ has become the preferred pronoun. And I must say, I concur with this protocol. I have come to think that we men should, as a matter of courtesy, use the female pronoun and women should do whatever they like. Th field of philosophy has been dominated by men since time out of mind. It is time for “redemption” and “redress.” And it simply must be done.
Among the young people I am in touch with (I am 74) your decision would be interpreted as archaic–at best. When I read today’s post (May 29, 2020), I was shocked to see: “This inner truth is the only truth that matters to man as man. . . ” Surely, one could just as easily have used “person to person” rather than “man to man”. And on May 20, where you wrote: “…some philosophers including David Hume argue that all man’s knowledge requires…” you could just as easily have written: “all human knowledge” rather than “all man’s knowledge”. Or so it seems to me.
I make this point only as part of my greater aim of commending you and thanking you for what you are doing: you are a blessing to the world, a world that is, on many days, much too fierce, even among those who think of themselves as more thoughtful, more enlightened. On most days I feel close to Socrates: “like a man who has fallen among beasts, unwilling to share their misdeeds and unable to hold out singly against the savagery of all . . . he remains quiet, minds his own affair, and, as it were, standing aside under shelter of a wall in a storm and blast of dust and sleet . . . is content if in any way he may keep himself free from iniquity and unholy deeds through this life and take his departure with fair hope, serene and well content when the end comes (Plato’s Republic Book VI).
Even among philosophy blogs, yours stand out in a very worthy and touching way. Again, Thank you, and
best wishes, rvisser