What centuries of witchburning has done to womanhood

What centuries of witchburning has done to womanhood

Whether it’s the Wicked Witch in Oz, or Sleeping Beauty’s sorceress Maleficent - it only takes going out on Halloween night to witness that our understanding of witches paints them as evil, spell-casting, outcast, old, lonely women. What happens when we contextualize our contemporary understanding of witches (and more generally: women) within the broader framework of historical witchcraft? What is it exactly that is feared in witches? Why is the ongoing burning of millions of women who were, and continue to be, tried as “witches” not acknowledged? 

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What Can Metaphysics Say About Reality?

For a metaphysician to ask about the nature of reality, she is already engaging in metaphysical ideology, as she is presuming there is such a thing as “reality”. Metaphysics is the process of doing exactly what I am currently doing: explaining and understanding concepts. Except instead of concepts, metaphysics attempts to understand everything, thus “meta” (beyond) “physics” (the nature of matter and energy). For metaphysicians, what exactly constitutes dreams or ideas cannot simply be ignored, as is done by physicists. The physicist speaks a scientific language confined by pre-determined scales that are useful to human understanding. Physicists don’t ask, for example, if the metric system could be considered an “objective truth”. They don’t have to think about that, but metaphysicians do. Metaphysicians ask questions about things like the universality of mathematics, as they are engaging in a fundamental inquiry into the nature of reality (if there even is such a thing).  

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Revealing the Intimacy of the World

rev·er·ie a state of being pleasantly lost in one's thoughts; a daydream.

I recently came across 20th Century French philosopher Gaston Bachelard. His main body of work focuses on epistemological studies in science. To briefly summarize, he was in support of constructivist epistemology: Meaning that he believed scientific knowledge is constructed by the scientific community, attempting to measure and construct models of the natural world.

“It is better to live in a state of impermanence than in one of finality.” Gaston Bachelard

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