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I wrote most of the philosophy I have hitherto written between the ages of 14 and 17. Unfortunately most of it is written in a foreign, and somewhat loopy, language. It is nevertheless possible to discern in it a variety of respectable issues--rule-following, the nature of meaning, that language is capable of generality (and the interpersonal significance of this fact), other minds, what objectivity is, and whether philosophy ought to be conducted like science.

This journal entry is from September 1996, and is the successor to "The Ethics of Chaos and Order" (which, despite the weird vocabulary there invented, I wrote while reading The Philosophy of Logical Atomism). The title of this piece is "The Sin of Synecdoche." It can be read as a treatise either on existentialism or on rule-following, and hails from a time when I did not distinguish the continental from the analytic aspects of problems. Notes in brackets are by my current self.

The Sin of Synecdoche )

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