Putting problems in their place

The major purpose of reigning in the use of the word ‘problem’ is to clear a path to the thesis that the world is good and, beyond this, beautiful. The minor purpose is to return the concept ‘problem’ to its proper linguistic settings.

Certain concepts are ‘at home’ in certain linguistic contexts. Yet for social, historical, metaphysical, and political reasons, some can be extended beyond their proper bounds and, as a result, distend our understanding. I believe the concept of problem represents one such ‘colonization.’

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