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Jonathan Westphal replied to Tom Last's discussion 0.0 Was Rudolf Steiner An Anarchist? in Freedom Study Group
"Very sound and interesting discussion. Thx."
Dec 15, 2017
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post Jonathan Westphal Neutral Monism
"Tom, I am curious about how you know that I am a life-long student of PoF. These days I find I am thinking less about the actual text and more about the whole arc of the argument. I am still less interested in Part II than in Part I, though, except…"
Dec 15, 2017
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post Jonathan Westphal Neutral Monism
"Right. By "material images" I mean images with a material content, rather than images, if there are such things, that are actually made out of matter, and are material images in this sense. Should this be obvious? I perhaps wasn't expressing myself…"
Dec 15, 2017
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post Jonathan Westphal Neutral Monism
""Russellian monism", which stems from the work of David Chalmers' view of Russell, is not what I take neutral monism to be, though Russell himself was in my view a genuine neutral monist until 1927. The Russellian monist can subscribe to a causal th…"
Dec 14, 2017
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post Jonathan Westphal Neutral Monism
"The connection between PoF and neutral monism, if any, should be sought in those passages describing how thinking is not physical and the ramifications of this. There are also all those passages having to do with what happens before percepts are con…"
Dec 14, 2017
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post Jonathan Westphal Neutral Monism
"I find the idea that the non-physical, which thinking is, cannot be characterized in material ways in Chapter III of PoF. I also find neutral monism of a sort there, where thinking is described so that it precedes the formation of concepts and is pr…"
Dec 14, 2017
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post Jonathan Westphal Neutral Monism
"The term "neutral monism" is due to Sheffer, well after 1894."
Dec 11, 2017
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post Jonathan Westphal Neutral Monism
"Tom writes, "Jonathan Westphal has been a student of Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy Of Freedom his whole life. This led him to develop ideas on neutral monism." This is not quite right. What led me towards neutral monism was in fact Steiner's other and…"
Nov 24, 2017
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post A thought selected as a basis for action, untruly
"Why shouldn't I fully know the motive, and yet feel compelled by it, or even be compelled by it? I fully know my gaoler, but I am compelled by him to stay in my cell."
Mar 30, 2016
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post A thought selected as a basis for action, untruly
"Why shouldn't I know that say "the service of the state" is the reason for my action, and yet feel uncomfortably compelled by it?"
Mar 30, 2016
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post A thought selected as a basis for action, untruly
"The last point you make is that a reason does not compel us, so it is free. Reason is non-compulsion. But reasons do sometimes compel, don't they? "
Mar 30, 2016
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post A thought selected as a basis for action, untruly
"Thank you Alexandros. That does help!"
Mar 30, 2016
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post A thought selected as a basis for action, untruly
"Well, no, I don't think that the fact that thinking is guided by the content of our concepts implies that it is not free. Why would that follow? It would make all mathematical and logical thinking unfree! 
The question is rather whether a particular…"
Mar 29, 2016
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post A thought selected as a basis for action, untruly
"Which do you mean? 'There may not be free or unfree thinking' or 'Thinking, when it is done, would always be free'? Both can't be true. If the latter is what you mean, then the problem is there. For the thinking to be free, it must be backed by thin…"
Mar 29, 2016
Jonathan Westphal commented on Tom Last's blog post A thought selected as a basis for action, untruly
"Thanks Tom. That's a help. I'm not quite sure what I was thinking. I don't know any more what I meant by saying that the selection of a concept might be done "untruly". What could that mean?
What I was after was the idea that the selection of concep…"
Mar 29, 2016
Jonathan Westphal left a comment for Jonathan Westphal
"What I mean is I can't see to make a Blog Post, or what it is. All I seem to be able to do is "Comment"!"
Mar 18, 2016
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