Tuesday, December 08, 2009

What are your pure research goals?

Reply to Bryan Frances

Dear Bryan Frances,
I welcome your inquisitive question, however, I would like to put it a bit differently, but,not surpassing the "philosophy"behind.

To begin with, I ask what a professional life is meant for?
Answer might be, for one's life.
Secondly I put, What a life is meant for?
Now our problem set becomes segregated.
In general my second question refers to, "Why have I taken birth? What is its purpose?"
Now before proceeding any further, let me put my presupposition first,i.e,We have intellect.

Now,let me come to your questions in terms of mine:

(1)Do I live to fulfill my life goal? Obviously, being lovers of intellect,( philo-sophical) continue to be inquisitive with respect to the "purpose" of life?
(2) Do we have the goal of mere survival, superimposed to, as if it is our Life Goal?

With respect to the term "Profession" the second one might be consoling but might certainly, not be acceptable with respect to the first.
We may very conveniently ask ourselves, are we really leading toward the real purpose of our life or simply passing our days with excuses for becoming fittest to survive with respect to the space and time imposing conditions upon us.

Hope reply is not so easy, unless we are ready to accept our own blunders.
Sati Shankar

Bryan Frances,Fordham University asked
I would like to ask each of you two questions.

We all have some goals that I will call professional goals. For instance, you want to publish such-and-such a paper of yours or institute such-and-such a change in your department or university. Those are fairly specific goals. A less specific one might be the goal of making a significant contribution to the profession by advancing the discussion of a certain topic.

We also have various goals having to do with teaching. For instance, you might want to mentor more PhD students or significantly improve your ability to help your students write better.

I hope that those two characterizations are not too vague. My first question is: what pure research goals do you have that do not fall into either of the above two categories (at least not primarily; naturally, there will be plenty of overlap)?
An outrageous example: you want to solve the mind-body problem, the determinism-free will problem, and liar paradox (all this afternoon, of course). A less ambitious but vague example: you want to understand the notion of agency better.
My second question: do you think you will accomplish those pure research goals?
Now, you might not have any pure research goals at all. Perhaps you just really love to do research in philosophy and you have no goal other than the pursuit of that kind of pleasure (if that can be called a goal here).

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