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gary e. davis
April 8, 2017

As the “sense of site” page notes generally, my sense of this Area is expressed as the constellation of topics to develop.

Wholly flourishing life, in some sense is desired by everyone, at least implicitly, though most persons have no overt notion of it other than “to live well” or to embody “well-being.” Yet, the most important aspects of being well at least implicitly anticipate gaining a wholly flourishing life.

But the list of topics below, to be developed, doesn’t intend to render a comprehensiveness of being well. Those topics are the foci I desire to work with first. I want to explicate aspects of a continuum of interest, from individuational through cultural aspects of being well.

All of these topics are normally regarded as important, except perhaps “dramatic action,” which here is to be more about theory of enaction than about literary form. I mean ‘dramatic’ in a sense that pertains to all action.

Growing “up” well depends intimately on an appreciation of good thinking, in a life-centered sense whereby action and thinking are intimates: promoting good individuation through intelligent selection of influences; aspiring for a fulfilling life, valuing creativity, knowing practicality, and enjoying fruitfulness.

Living “up” to that is valued by everyone (if not overtly idealized), at least implicitly. Good thinking, relative to being well, is what has become of “natural selection” for persons. Leading lives flourish by way of intelligent selection, be it curiosities to follow diligently, projects to sustain excellently, friends to keep close, valuable time to give.

The separate “good thinking” Area of the website is basically technical: about what may proceed in light of conceptual inquiry, most relative to interest in interdisciplinary conceptual design. I don’t idealize a technical sense of good thinking for being well as such. But prospects of higher conceptual insightfulness (analogous with higher education)—exemplified by the topics below—provide better opportunities for being well than “lower” conceptual insightfulness.

So, I enjoy a vagueness in the notion of “good thinking” that anticipates better understanding (in conceptual terms) in idealizing a wholly flourishing life. I enjoy resonant ambiguity. Isn’t that why we live: to enjoy?

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psychocultural basis
dramatic action



2015 and earlier:
  2007 flows in living well by design

Holism is a way of living, more than a state of mind... The notion of flow can be pop vague, thus philosophically specious. But there’s a literature which is quite articulate about what flow can engagingly mean.

  2007 in praise of natural light
      —anticipating a horizon of good in a conception of lifeworld value.

This short piece anticipates, in 2007, the spirit of this entire website now. I would enjoy taking it at its word as a point of departure for conceptual prospecting in rigorous fidelity to what’s there.

By the way, I take a “second nature” attitude toward mind, a vertiginous matter of “who’s in charge.” “Nature” is an archetypal (or phenomenological) notion, irreducible to bioscientific conceptions. “Natural light” here is a matter of Our flourishing. How that relates to issues of philosophical naturalism will be fun to pursue further.
  2008 the basis of human rights in our nature
      Our nature is anthropologically self-enhancive. We want to flourish because that’s how we are.
  2015 What do you want for your life?
      Musing about one’s life generally is intrinsically important, especially as one goes through life eras deliberately: high school graduation, more graduations, career choices, life-making choices. There’s more to happiness than feeling good.
  2003 / 2014 insight and importance of individuation
      Here, I’m immersed in conceptual issues. The discussion is extracted from a longer, much earlier discussion, “A Brief Sense of An American Pragmatism,” so it presumes much that is un-reconstructed—which was unreconstructed in the original discussion, there presuming an audience (Habermasian) that I had been engaged with for five years (as of 2003). I see that now as an invitation to myself to re-think, explicate, extrapolate, and appropriate.
  2003 / 2014 insight and reciprocity
      Ditto the above. This is another section of the same “...Sense....”
  2003 / 2014 reciprocity and mutuality
      more “...Sense...”
  2003 / 2014 communitarian thinking and the basis provided by trust
      more “...Sense...” Perhaps this should have been listed for the “advancing community” Area. But what’s most important here is the notion of trust, which is based in lifeworld engage- ments and background. Trust is a keynote of a child’s good individuation (especially trust in one’s heart-felt interests, capacity to learn from errors in love of learning, etc.). Trust is a keynote of love, good family, friendship, partnership, cooperation, and solidarity.
  2014 notes on Truth
      When I got involved in re-formatting an early discussion of Habermas’s sense of truth, I took a sidetrip into lexicography of ‘truth’ and had fun.
  2014 What is truth for?
      So begins the discourse on Habermas and truth. Truth is for being well.
  2014 the “objectivity” of value orientations
      This is immersed in a portion of Habermas’s sense of value relative to his discussion of Hilary Putnam. It’s surely a non sequitur here, but that objectivity—which is not objectivist—derives from intrinsic values of individuation in aspiring to live a life well. That’s not self-evident (especially given the complex legacy of value theory), but I list the discussion here because I would mediate or re-present this complex context (an event of appropriation) relative to a conception of being well.
  2003 / 2014 what’s good and what’s just
      Relative to “the ‘objectivity’...,” this additional section from “...Sense...” is very much back to ground from difficult altitude. But an obscurity of context is revealed: “...Sense...” was originally a side trip in detailed commentary to an article by Habermas soon after Saddam Hussein was overthrown, which is not really pertinent now—except inasmuch as general features of Habermas’s thinking were put into practice by him. It would be fun to prepare that 2003 commentary of mine for online cogency, someday maybe.
  2015 a trace of spirited time
      So, what about “spirituality” in being well? This discussion is an enrichment of perspective earlier improvised as a set of short postings.
  2015 paths and heights
      What about Heidegger’s exemplarity? This little discussion (and its links) could preface a book, as those linked discussions by Martin can be read as wonderful allegories of his life as regional pathmaking.
  2015 on a way of being
      Away we flow.



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