How do we think?

PS I am eight

Philosopher's reply

Dear Sophia,

We think by getting surprised, and wondering why it happened.


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Susanna Siegel

Harvard University, USA

A good novelist can produce a vivid depiction of a character from little detail, if the details selected are just right. I'm struck by Murdoch's idea that people have distinctive "visions" that can show up in "their mode of speech or silence, their choice of words, their assessments of others,... what they think attractive or praise-worthy, what they think funny". Here Murdoch shows us how a seemingly small detail can capture a person's distinctive texture of being.

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