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The Elusiveness of the OrdinaryStudies in the Possibility of Philosophy$
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Stanley Rosen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091977

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091977.001.0001

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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

(p.290) Chapter 9 Concluding Remarks
The Elusiveness of the Ordinary

Stanley Rosen

Yale University Press

This book concludes with a discussion of how philosophy begins as a disruption within ordinary experience, and the ambiguity of the expression “ordinary experience.” The central issue here is that the local or special senses of “ordinary” and “extraordinary” are defined with respect to the paradigm of what usually or rarely happens. The reason it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the ordinary and the extraordinary is that, in these cases, one cannot easily determine what usually happens. Nevertheless, in order to use the expression “extraordinary” meaningfully, one must allude to a sense of the ordinary that either does, or ought to, or could hold in the circumstance under dispute.

Keywords:   philosophy, disruption, ordinary experience, extraordinary, what usually happens

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