TODAY’S NEW PHILOSOPHY?
Well, to begin to understand it, you need to know about 2 forms of thinking that preceded it. Here they are:
And to help you take beginning steps in understanding all this, in the spirit of the soon-to-arrive World Series, we’ve invited
3 BASEBALL UMPIRES
to stand behind the plate and classify the pitches thrown their way. But to do this, you must pass through the DOOR to our stadium.
(In a recent publication, my professor son has warned about the danger of “storming the castles” of those in other professions so, ahead of time, apologies to the offended philosophers out there…)
HERE’S HOW THE UMPIRE BEHIND HOME PLATE MAKES HIS DECISIONS:
(1) The one who’s a Pre-modernist says “There’s balls and there’s strikes and I call ‘em as they are.”
[Sounds pretty "classic" and traditional to me...]
(2) And the Modernist says, “There’s balls and there’s strikes and I call ‘em as I see ‘em.”
(3) And the Postmodernist? He says, “There ain’t nothing till I call it.” *
[In this complicated postmodern world where nothing really exists on its own without a trendy "spin,"--including a good out-of-reach fastball across the plate--we recommend just sitting back in the bleachers and enjoying the popcorn...]
* Source? My friend Lloyd (from across the Lake in the picture) heard it long ago but forgot just where…