Differentiating enworldment design

Over the weekend Susan pressed me for details on how an enworldment can be intentionally changed. How does enworldment design differ from Stoicism’s mental toughening-up exercises, or new age self-helpers who advise us to tell ourselves a new story? It was helpful to be forced to get concrete, and to make some contrasts with transformational … Continue reading Differentiating enworldment design

Enworldment design

Another way to think about enworldment within the larger context of philosophy would to be to draw another anomalous analogy between the domain of thought and the domain of engineering. Some philosophy explores lines of thoughts out of sheer interest in the thought itself. Something about the ideal material fascinates the thinker. What can be … Continue reading Enworldment design


I am contemplating a radical shift in language. I’ve talked about “designing philosophies”, and observed that most of the time when we think about philosophy and design we almost automatically think about applying philosophical ideas to design practice, and rarely the reverse — applying design ideas and practices back to how we do philosophy. But … Continue reading Enworldment


As preparation for writing my next book, tentatively titled Enworldment (A¬†Philosophy of Design of Philosophy), I’m indexing the articles I’ve written on approaching philosophy as a design discipline. Some of the earlier articles have a blunt simplicity to them that I want to recover, at least for the introduction. I’m going to list some of … Continue reading Enworldment

Entertaining ontology designing

Follow up email to Nick on ontological designing: Ok, I’m starting to like this paper, and I’m re-considering my initial resistance to situating myself within this school of thought. Her third sphere of ontological designing, “ontological designing of systems of thought, of habits of mind,” is exactly what I am proposing, and I do accept … Continue reading Entertaining ontology designing

Justifying my frustrating ways

I’ve been a serious pain in the ass lately, even relative to my usual unspectacular behavior. I’m in a situation that has been extracting too many of the wrong things from me, too relentlessly, for too long, and it is undermining my mental health. It’s all got me questioning myself, and my ability to get … Continue reading Justifying my frustrating ways

More scholastoidal musings

Whatness is comprehended. Thatness is apprehended. Whoness apprehends. Weness comprehends. (The last two were experimental points. I am suggesting, if it isn’t obvious, that comprehending is an essentially social act, even if we do it solitarily. Comprehending is an act of lifeworld participation, the inhabiting of a shared intellectual environment, or what I’ve called “enworldment”. … Continue reading More scholastoidal musings

Philosophy as performing art

I have been struggling hellishly with the very simple, basic question: “What is a philosophy?” This is terribly important, because if I want to persuade people that philosophies (or worldviews, lifeworlds, enworldments or faiths) are designable things, and that they ought to be designed — and that is exactly my intention — I’d better be … Continue reading Philosophy as performing art

Slurpy, mergy, touchy-feely notions of interpersonal being

Wow, this post really sprawled out. It hits a lot of my enduring interests. I’m not sure it is suitable for reading. It might just be a personal journal entry written to myself. Feel free to eavesdrop if you wish, but I cannot promise it will make sense or yield any value. * I listened … Continue reading Slurpy, mergy, touchy-feely notions of interpersonal being

Design of philosophy

I have arrived at the belief that philosophy is another word for the design of conceptual tools used for the purposes of enworldment. * Have philosophers taken a human-centered approach to their design work? Before answering, consider the fact that many philosophers are professors who spend as much time preparing lessons, teaching, and evaluating the … Continue reading Design of philosophy


Introduction What philosophy is What designers do: empathy (as opposed to art which is sympathetic) creation of useful, usable and desirable things Practical use of philosophy for design Truth as reality interface (a useful, usable and desirable philosophy.) Anatomy of this book: ontology, epistemology, ethic. Ontology Ontology = inquiring into being = asking “in what … Continue reading Outline