The philosopher’s hut

As an analytic philosopher, I was taught that the key to writing philosophy can be found in Hemingway’s quote: “Know how complicated it is, then state it simply.” If there is one thing that philosophers have a hard time doing it is precisely that. Most philosophical texts are riddled with jargon. That is, obscure and often pretentious language marked by circumlocutions and long words. I found most of it unintelligible. It’s true what Philipa Foot said, ask a philosopher a question and after he or she has talked for a bit you don’t understand your question anymore. I am no longer a scholar, for as Winnie-the-Pooh once said: “It didn’t seem the right thing to do on a sunny day.” These days I sit quietly in my hut and listen to nature. My philosopher’s hut might not be an actual tree hut, but it is a hut among trees and that’s all I could ever wish for.