Tuesday, November 25, 2014
In today's Telegraph, Winnie the Pooh-nomenologist.
"I ought to say," explained Pooh as they walked down to the shore of the island, "that it isn't just an ordinary sort of boat. Sometimes it's a Boat, and sometimes it's more of an Accident. It all depends."
Pooh’s perspective is similar to the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, who argues that we don’t perceive objects as isolated facts but through the context of our interaction with the world. So a pen is understood in relation to the paper it writes on or the writers’ intention to craft a poem. And Pooh’s boat can rightfully be understood as “more of an Accident”.
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