Questioning the Question - Freelance Philosophy

von Nicole des Bouvrie

Go steady with a philosopher. Support the time & silence necessary to think & write, to question the underlying concepts of society.

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This would allow me to spend one week per month on writing full time: more blog posts (goal: one per week instead of 1 per month) & more chapters in a book on applied philosophy for artists
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 In a time of slogans and opinions, when in 140 signs the course of history can be changed, the need for contemplation and reflection is more important than ever. Can we in this age in which information is abundant, in which democracy seems to equal the necessity of having an opinion, still create space for rigorous thought?

THE GOAL OF THINKING: BEYOND OR IN THE BUBBLE OF THE PRESENT?

Whereas the humanities are under fire in universities and in the public arena, I decided to make thinking my main occupation, and to make this my service to humanity. Being a philosopher, I read and write, acknowledging the value of both ancient texts that form the basis of our paradigms, as well as the current blurbs that fill our every-day life. Literature, music, film, as well as scientific discovery – all take place within the epistemic space which is both formed by, and creating the thoughts that we have. But are these frames of thoughts, these discourses, something true in themselves? Can we even question the bubble within we find ourselves, or are we stuck?Through careful analysis and contemplation I aspire to give an opening, because this is the only way in which conversation and a listening between different actors can come about. My writing takes place in a place that is an in-between, not theoretical philosophy, not anthropology or philology. Not a Nietzschean rant, not a popular philosophy that is aimed at selling and being “motivational” or “inspirational”. Rather I question the questions that occupy the public discourse. Why do we want to be entertained, why is value measured in numbers? Why are these questions a nuisance?

AREAS OF INTEREST

Some of my areas of interest in which I question the privilege that is included in discourse that does not question itself, are (but not limited to):

Minority thinking (What does it mean to be a woman in a world in which ‘the man’ is the norm? Can there be an alternative structure of politics and society in which power is not the focus of the struggle? What does it mean to be a female thinker? (Link to Dutch text) 

Language (Can I say something that is not already implied by previous thoughts? How do I know that we understand the same when I use a word? When I ask a question, can I hear an answer that I haven’t already expected?)

Freedom (Is there a universal understanding of this concept? What limits freedom? Why use people with different political colours this same concept?)

Truth (Why is the idea of truth in decline? Is there only relativism, or is there something which it is possible to defend – something beyond relativism?)

GO STEADY WITH A PHILOSOPHER!

Provide independence of thought. In order to think, a certain type of independence is important. Universities, media outlets and publishing houses become more and more concerned with commercial interests and public image. Thinking can have no such limits. Sometimes in history philosophers would be given a place at court, to educate the new generation and to write and work on their systems of thought. These courts have disappeared, but instead there is now the opportunity for a larger audience to both support and have the benefits of the philosopher. In a time of slogans and opinions, when in 140 signs the course of history can be changed, the need for contemplation and reflection is more important than ever. 

Can we, in this age in which information is abundant, in which democracy seems to equal the necessity of having an opinion, still create space for rigorous thought?

Blog: www.nobyeni.com

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Images by Jeanne des Bouvrie.

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One Cup of Coffee Two Cups of Coffee Golden & Personal Friendship
2,80 €
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5,60 €
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100 €
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- Enable continuation of publishing of articles on nobyeni.com
- Receive monthly newsletter
- Enable continuation of publishing of articles on nobyeni.com
- Receive monthly newsletter
- Once a month two supporters (through a raffle) will be asked for input (a question, a book, a theme, another article, a news event) which will form the basis of a philosophical article to be published on nobyeni.com
- Enable continuation of publishing of articles on nobyeni.com.
- Receive monthly newsletter.
- Once a month two supporters (through a raffle) will be asked for input (a question, a book, a theme, another article, a news event, something else) which will form the basis of a philosophical article to be published on nobyeni.com.
- Author's discount on future book publications (Limited amount of time after book launch to be determined per project).
- Monthly Skype conversation with the philosopher (1,5 hour) (optional if desired by supporter)
One Cup of Coffee
2,80 €
pro Monat
- Enable continuation of publishing of articles on nobyeni.com
- Receive monthly newsletter
Two Cups of Coffee
5,60 €
pro Monat
- Enable continuation of publishing of articles on nobyeni.com
- Receive monthly newsletter
- Once a month two supporters (through a raffle) will be asked for input (a question, a book, a theme, another article, a news event) which will form the basis of a philosophical article to be published on nobyeni.com
Golden & Personal Friendship
100 €
pro Monat
- Enable continuation of publishing of articles on nobyeni.com.
- Receive monthly newsletter.
- Once a month two supporters (through a raffle) will be asked for input (a question, a book, a theme, another article, a news event, something else) which will form the basis of a philosophical article to be published on nobyeni.com.
- Author's discount on future book publications (Limited amount of time after book launch to be determined per project).
- Monthly Skype conversation with the philosopher (1,5 hour) (optional if desired by supporter)
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