An Apology* for the Philosophical Journal
What's ACCOMPLISHED with your ideas?
This is a site dedicated to the idea of a structured (to some degree) documenting of personal philosophy, the Personal Philosophical Meditation. What it really is: a journal or diary, but instead of documenting mundane, literal activities, it documents your philosophical reflections. It is a workspace for you to work out personal quandaries of thought. "What do I believe in? Why? Why do my beliefs sometimes seem inconsistent? Do I have reasons, and do I have reasons for the reasons?" This workspace can either be personal, for your eyes only, or public, inviting interaction and social commentary.
Think of it as a cross between NPR's This I Believe and that diary you kept as a kid.
The philosophical journal can come in many forms:
The weblogs allow tagging and cross-referencing to help organize ideas as they develop. The documents can be edited at will, developed and changed as ideas develop and change. Of course, there is no reason to stick to one method: record your thoughts with pen and paper when away from the computer, record them later in a electronic master file, and select excerpts to post to your blog. You can do whatever comes naturally, as long as you are engaged in the active process of critical thinking and personal development.
The philosophical journal is:
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Your thoughts as your legacy... your bound journal as a keepsake
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* "Apology" here refers to "a defense, excuse, or justification in speech or writing, as for a cause or doctrine" (thanks Dictionary.com). Yup, as in Plato's Apology. How clever!