Archive for January 31st, 2015

January 31, 2015

Structuring the world

by Neil Rickert

I noticed this yesterday:

Structure, it’s all imposed. We impose order and narrative on everything in order to understand it. Otherwise, there’s nothing but chaos.

It’s from actress Julianne Moore.  I only noticed it, because it was quoted in a post by Hemant Mehta.

I agree with Moore, and appreciate her insight.  But I do wonder why I am hearing this from an actress.  Why am I not seeing it discussed by philosophers?

Maybe it is being said by some philosophers, but not by most of them.  When I say or write something along those lines, philosophers seem to react as if I have said something that is obviously wrong.

I expect to write more on the idea of structuring in future posts.  So this will serve as a light introduction to the topic.