Remaining Alcibiades: An Experiment in Neo-Haibun Journaling

Dedication

In beloved & cherished memory of my father, Joseph P. Brown (1930-2002), and my mentor, Richard M. Owsley (1923-2003).

One showed me the meaning of compassion while the other taught me the meaning of dedication.

Prelude

The philosopher necessarily requires an indiviual resolve which, originally and as such, makes him a philosopher, an original self-causation, as it were, which is an original act of self-creation. No one can simply fall into philosophy.

Edmund Husserl, quoted in Conversations with Husserl & Fink by Dorian Cairns

…All knowledge is sustained by a ‘ground’ of postulates and finally by our communication with the world as primary embodiment of rationality. Philosophy, as radical reflection, dispenses in principle with this resource. As, however, it too is in history, it too exploits the world and constituted reason. It too must put to itself the question which it puts to all branches of knowledge, and so duplicate itself infinitely, being, as Husserl says, a dialogue or infinite meditation, and, in so far as it remains faithful to its intention, never knowing where it is going…

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

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