I was talking last night with friends about how poorly (or in one person’s case, how well) we did in college logic, and on my walk home I started thinking that philosophy puts thinking on a stage, formalizing it, making it a bit rigid the way costumes and masks rigidify the actor’s body so that the character’s persona has a steady platform on which to move. Do people want everything to seem dramatic?

I feel this way especially about proofs–they especially seem highly formalized and codified, like a form of Noh theater where “logic” is simulated according to rule and tradition. It feels like artifice–interesting to watch, maybe, but not a tenable model for my everyday life.

(Lately most rules feel theatrical to me.)