This is me, in words and pictures. I plan to tell you about the people, places, and topics that I care about.
Why do I use “Paraphilosopher” as a title? I am not trained or educated in philosophy, I have not read (yet) Nietzsche, Kant, or Socrates. I like Emerson, Whitman, Adam Smith and some others, but not in any academic way. But I tend to have a ‘philosophical’ attitude. Ah, well.
Can you imagine some major incident, with doctors and police and rescue services all milling about doing their brave and valuable things? And they wear those yellow safety vests with “POLICE” or “RESCUE” emblazoned on the back. Mine would read “PARAPHILOSOPHER”. In the same way that paramedics specialize in a subset of a doctor’s skills, I would offer a subset of a philosopher’s knowledge. At an incident, I would refrain from Marxist dialectic or Hegelian rants; just simply offer comments such as ‘ it could have been worse’, or ‘remember that each dark cloud has a silver lining’. That would be really useful, don’t you think?