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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Dick on Ideas That Live Us

Very interesting short talk by the author Philip K Dick on ideas--"realizing" them, understanding them, and living them. I'm in the midst of reading several of Dick's 60s and 70s novels. He's not only a very good writer--many notches above pulp hacks--but also a thinker, in the way that Heidegger writes about.

In philosophical terms, this speech might be an interesting, perhaps poppish, version of his Kantianism. But I think that his primitiveness adds a special quality of genuine awareness of the newness and aliveness to ideas as they live us. The speech... expressed in much more existentialist frame-of-reference, and perhaps owes something to Heidegger; allusions to the pre-Socratics might bear this out.

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