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gary e. davis
May 27, 2018

The five Areas of the home page are entrances for persons new to the site. Each Area is simply defined, and a link to past work is provided. But the past work—improvisations through 2017 (fun, but serious)—is archive and resource for new explorations. I’ll permanently link to new material at the relevant Area page; and I’ll note all new material at the “new in site” space on my home page for a week or so. And all home page updates are listed at the “recent weeks” link.

Living “up” to being well is valued by everyone, at least implicitly (if not overtly idealized).

The separate “good thinking” Area of the Web site is about what may proceed in light of conceptual inquiry, most relative to interest in interdisciplinary conceptual design. But good thinking is practical; it serves being well, through curiosities to follow diligently, projects to sustain excellently, friends to keep close, valuable time to give....

That’s a simple point about good thinking, not a definition of it. I enjoy a proximal vagueness in the notion of “good thinking.” For example, “being well” (the site Area) implicitly expresses a comprehension of valuing good thinking while overtly attending to themes about individuating capability for thinking about—or theme-ing—whatever. “Being well” anticipates better understanding (in conceptual terms) of whatever interest, by idealizing a wholly flourishing life that may, to my mind, be exemplified by supporting (advocating, working toward) ecologically flourishing humanity, through advancing community; i.e., understanding “advancing community” relative to centripetal high valuing. Meanwhile, life goes on (being in Time), at scales beyond capture. In short, the site Areas are entrances into deepening (verb) explorations.

I don’t idealize a technical sense of good thinking for being well as such. But prospects of higher conceptual insightfulness in being well (analogous with higher education) are exemplified by some topics of “being well” from earlier years (latter topics of that Area). “Higher” insightfulness provides better opportunities for being well than “lower” insightfulness (analogously as a “high school” education is not very high). But whose “higher” is better? Matters of conceptual heights can be as elusive as the history of philosophy all tolled (especially inasmuch as ontogenygenerally conceived: the eternal emergence of another generation!recapitulates genealogy, which is why youths’ individuations tend to conceptually gravitate to established positions in the history of thought).

A notion of higher versus lower understanding can be detailed non-relativistically, I think, but that’s inevitably a complex matter of conceptual inquiry. One always prefers some values, concepts, views, etc. over others, but warranting that is likely unconvincing. Establishing comprehensive and durable standards of “higher” valuation is, of course, a difficult venture.

Idealizing a wholly flourishing life implies notions of intrinsic value. A conception of ecologically flourishing humanity requires of itself a conception of being “human” that comprehends the evolving Conversation of Humanity (“the”?) well enough. But the challenges can be great fun, as well as expressing fidelity to vital importances.

My devotion to fairly appreciating the challenges is implicit for me, yet insufficiently clear by sharing work notes (my considerations). I’ve intimated that fair appreciation can be done, concordant with Hilary Putman (in a post-Kantian sense, beyond Habermas, I believe), yet I have a long path ahead of me.

The Project itself

The 17 Area senses that were employed for gathering past improvisations into the finished presentation “sundry gardening” derive from years of sketches offline that are presently organized into 17 more-abstract Areas (Work called “The Project”), having more-intricate characters, analogous to the presented senses of 17 Areas that “sundry gardening” is. I plan to use those Areas to orient new presentations over the next year or so. So, altogether “sundry gardening” is an organizational principle for a bricolagy of past writing.

Such a scale was already near to mind when I improvised 2017’s sense of “The Project itself.” Yet, my Project will have a different scaffold of cohering, so to speak, than does its precursor, assembled from material prior to 2018.

The range of topics that will emerge within a homepage Area of doesn’t intend to be comprehensive of the Area. Topics will be (or are) foci that I want to work with foreseeably here. I want to explicate aspects of a continuum of interest that coheres (or is to eventually cohereand already does offline, I think) formally.

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