The Blecher

The Everyday Life of Philosophy

L’Avenir dure longtemps

In the first place it is a practical problem: you live for a while, and then you die. I used to lie in bed thinking about how long a person has to be dead for. And it’s not like you’re waiting for something to happen. You’re just dead. Time goes by, and more time, and more time, and you’re still dead.

Sometimes I would think about God, and whether you got to meet him when you died, and maybe also your great-grandmother and George Washington. Or whether you would at least find out that there was no God — which would be interesting to know even if you wouldn’t be able to use the information since you’d be dead. (Of course, if you’re really dead, and if there’s no God, you wouldn’t exactly know that — but you’d sort of embody it. So that seemed like something.)

But — and this only occurred to me much later — none of this is true.

Next: more problems.

How will you begin?

How to begin in philosophy is itself a philosophical problem.* And even if we find it natural — or at least cute — to begin by considering this very problem, there is still the problem of how to begin doing that. It’s easy to get hung up.

My approach will be to begin with the first philosophical problem that occurred to me, and to proceed from their in roughly chronological order. From the point of view of method, this approach is basically unsound. But from the point of view of a blog, what else is there to talk about besides my own experience?

So I’m going to begin by talking about death.

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*It is not necessarily an interesting problem.

Melancholy III

1. Who are you? 2. What will you write about?

1. I am the eponymous Blecher.

I was born near O., a quiet town in Ohio. I spent most of my childhood watching television and eating snacks. Later I went to college, and then graduate school, and now I teach philosophy at a small college.

2. I will write about philosophy. I will try to do this without a lot of fancy talk. And I will write mainly about the problems I am having, and avoid the temptation to give a philosophical account of anything.

Thanks for your interest.

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