Friday, January 25, 2008

Philosophy, out of context

From Edmund Husserl's Logical Investigations:
It is a common experience that the excellence of an artist’s mastery over his material, and the decisive certainty with which he judges and assesses works in his art, is only quite exceptionally based on a theoretical knowledge of the rules which prescribe direction and order to his practice, rules that determine the standards of value on which the perfection or imperfection of the complete work must be assessed. Normally the practising artist is not the man who can inform us rightly regarding the principles of his art. He follows principles neither in his creation nor his evaluation. In his creation he follows the inner activity of his harmoniously trained powers, in his judgement his finely formed artistic taste and feeling.
One take home message: the best players are often not the best at explaining what is going on.


Blogger Unknown said...

"the best players are often not the best at explaining what is going on."

so true, they don't know why they are so good, you ask them why they did this or that, they respond "i don't know, because it felt like i should" or something similar.

nice to see you back, i know it's just a visit, but i missed you...

1/25/2008 12:56:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Thanks chessloser. Good to see you still hacking away. I'm still reading the blogs, but as a lurker for the most part now.

I've been gradually easing back into light chess. Blitz games. No study, no slow games. Just for fun. It's nice. I don't care about my rating or anything anymore. Perhaps I will successfully make the transition to "chess as a hobby rather than an obsession."

1/25/2008 02:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

31 days. Dang it.

Keep up with chess, man; it's good for you. And it's good to see you back.

1/25/2008 06:16:00 AM  
Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Thanks for rewarding my courage to follow reality in stead of hope by letting me win this bet. Where can I collect?:)

1/25/2008 06:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BDK. I am still available for lessons at your pleasure. Bill

1/25/2008 09:33:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Tempo: Talk to LEP about collecting.

Bill: I'll contact you if I get to that point. You still gonna update a web site?

LEP: Good to see ya! Your Dolphins sure have transformed in the past month! Next year it won't be so much fun playing them. I really dislike Parcells as he was a traitor against the Patriots, announcing he was leaving to coach the Jets a week before the Pats were to play in the Superbowl. Good job, to create a major distraction like that before the SB. So he is forever on my shit list. Hence, it will be a lively and fun rivalry.

I just hope after a week from this Sunday we don't have to ever read quotes from the '72 Dolphins, especially the curmudgeon Shula! :)

1/25/2008 11:34:00 AM  
Blogger Chessaholic said...

good to see you're still alive :)

1/25/2008 01:08:00 PM  
Blogger BlunderProne said...

That's some run on sentence Edmund leads with... 69 words!

1/25/2008 08:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Mainly, I am updating the "completed events" page for now - but that may change in the future.


1/25/2008 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck with the chess as a hobby bit. I do chess this way after several "chess as an obsession" phases. The obsession always threatens to come back though. I keep it away by playing mostly unrated games on fics.

1/26/2008 12:07:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

opampman: good idea to play unrated to keep the fires burning a little lower....

BP: Husserl doesn't like punctuation marks :)

1/27/2008 01:36:00 PM  

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