Introduction

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I.  “Ludwig Wittgenstein gave away his inheritance to the rich, because money corrupts, so it was best to give it to those already corrupted.”

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II.  “Mammals both produce milk and have hair. Therefore, a coconut is a mammal.”

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Welcome to my philosophy website!

In essence, it’s a collection of my favorite things ― the treasures ― from everything I’ve ever learned.

These are things I find especially beautiful or interesting or insightful, or that I really like for other reasons that are almost impossible to explain. Some are things I never ever would’ve thought of myself, and others are things I already kind of half knew that were suddenly made much clearer. Some I thought were profound from the moment I read them, and others I didn’t appreciate until years later. Many of these ideas have been highly influential in my life and helped make me the person I am today. If I were a professor ― which I’ve always kind of wanted to be ― these would be the things I’d most want to teach.

The content consists almost entirely of other people’s ideas, with a few of my own notes mixed in, which I’ve designated with this green-colored text.

I’d like to specially thank Pannenkoek, Vikram, Noah, Nikolai, Tom, Andrew, Igor, William, my mom and dad, and Professor Norman for all of the wonderful feedback and support.

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III.  “We frequently must choose between simplicity and comprehensiveness, and even between different kinds of simplicity.”

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IV.  “They say you spend your whole life rewriting the first poem you ever loved.”

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Citations

I. Apostolos Doxiadis & Christos Papadimitriou  II. (original source unknown)
III. Quine  IV. (original source unknown) ✰. Polina Yakovleva

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