how do you know whether or not you're applying key concepts correctly?

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  • how do you know whether or not you're applying key concepts correctly?


Answer #1 | 05/01 2014 11:23
If it doesnt blow up in your face, or get you arrested, your on the right track. However, confusion is allowed.
Answer #2 | 05/01 2014 12:34
A great question. I'll give you my take, based on my own experience. This can only occur if you have a deep understanding of the concepts in which case consistency guarantees proper application of the concept. On the other hand if the concept is fuzzy to you and its application doesn't seem "comfortable" then you don't understand the concept. You could also ask someone else's opinion about your application - but this presumes the other person knows more than you which is fine, IF it is true. The more difficult concepts of philosophy are generally not learned in depth on the first, or second, or.... reading. It is digesting these ideas over a period of time, letting the ideas percolate and develop connections to other understood concepts that finally yields a clear understanding. There were times in my graduate studies (mathematics) that very difficult concepts took weeks or months to become clear to me; the relationship to other concepts usually took much longer, even years. There are folks - at the genius level that see "the light" very quickly in some instances but I think even they have to sweat and work at the more difficult and abstract concepts. Hope that Helps.

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