In Defense of Armchairs by Steven Dillon

Welcome to The Armchair! This is a place for Pagan philosophy, theology and apologetics.

The armchair has become something of a symbol hasn’t it? We’ve all heard the phrase “armchair psychology”, usually meaning that one is psychologizing another without having the skill or experience needed to do so. But, there is a deeper concern represented by the imagery of an “armchair”: how can we come to know things about the world just by thinking about them? People, for example, are very complicated, and coming to conclusions about them without ever having left the armchair is probably just asking for trouble. Moreover, time and again people have come up with brilliant theories about how the world works that go on to fall flat on their face when tested against experience. Sheer reflection does not strike many as a reliable way of coming to know things about the world: it may as well be guess work before we can check whether things actually are as we have imagined them to be.

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