Monday, April 11, 2011

Doctrine of Method

If I am right, there is only one way to experience institutions. You must feel them. That is why only poets are qualified to "study" (wrong word)* institutions. Just as only philosophers are qualified to study (more appropriate there) intuitions. One must think.

Properly speaking (and why not speak properly for a change) there is no "method" to the "study" of institutions. There is a mandate to engage with them.

And not even that. Methods are for scientists. Mandates are for politicians. Poets and philosophers have only their style. A kind of cunning, put in writing.

*The right word is "strive" (see "study").


Anonymous said...

If feeling is your method, isn't "if I'm right" superfluous, as it belongs to a different method?

Thomas said...

I don't know. I take "if it feels right" to be a meaningful antecedent.