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    I don't know, can any of guys relate to this description of Lev Shestov? As for myself, I can't help but laugh everytime I read it - because I can relate to it so much:
    "Shestov's philosophy is, at first sight, not a philosophy at all: it offers no systematic unity, no coherent set of propositions, no theoretical explanation of philosophical problems. Most of Shestov's work is fragmentary. With regard to the form (he often used aphorisms) the style may be deemed more web-like than linear, and more explosive than argumentative. The author seems to contradict himself on every page, and even seeks out paradoxes. This is because he believes that life itself is, in the last analysis, deeply paradoxical, and not comprehensible through logical or rational inquiry. Shestov maintains that no theory can solve the mysteries of life. Fundamentally, his philosophy is not 'problem-solving', but problem-generating, with a pronounced emphasis on life's enigmatic qualities."

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    You know you're INFJ when negative descriptions of your type are a source of endless humour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    I don't know, can any of guys relate to this description of Lev Shestov. As for myself, I can't help laugh everytime I read it - because I can relate to it so much:


    You know you're INFJ when negative descriptions of your type are a source of endless humour.
    Yeah, "paradox" is a word I use a lot to explain how I see the world. I believe that Ni is the function which is most comfortable with paradox and best understands its implications.
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    ^When I was really young finding the word 'paradox' and understanding the concept was a revelation. I could finally put a word to what I was always (and will always be) captivated by.

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    Yes, I agree with his description a lot. His views on philosophy are almost identical to mine, in that, he doesn't believe in a strictly rationally based philosophy. I can also relate to the fragmentary presentation of his ideas. Also, in his description, it says he was influenced by Kierkegaard and Dostoevsky. Two authors who have been crucial in the development of my views as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    I don't know, can any of guys relate to this description of Lev Shestov? As for myself, I can't help but laugh everytime I read it - because I can relate to it so much:


    You know you're INFJ when negative descriptions of your type are a source of endless humour.
    I can relate to it also. Logic has always been down the list for me when it comes to explaining life and the universe. It is more saved for translating ideas to others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    I don't know, can any of guys relate to this description of Lev Shestov? As for myself, I can't help but laugh everytime I read it - because I can relate to it so much:


    You know you're INFJ when negative descriptions of your type are a source of endless humour.

    I really relate to this:

    "This is because he believes that life itself is, in the last analysis, deeply paradoxical, and not comprehensible through logical or rational inquiry."

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    You know you're an INFJ when in your closest relationships people will state/feel the following: "I've never met anyone who understands me as well as you do" or "has this kind of connection with".

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    I especially relate to Shestov's claim that life and the universe are an endless enigma. If life were not a deep mystery, then it just wouldn't have any real meaning IMO.

    Hence why I have little tolerance for those with a more reductionist approach to things. Yes reason and logic have their place, but one must also recognise that reason and logic can go so far in many respects.


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    You know you're an INFJ when in your closest relationships people will state/feel the following: "I've never met anyone who understands me as well as you do" or "has this kind of connection with".
    Yes I hear this alot.

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    Yes. I'm pickin' up what you're layin' down, man. Totally.

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    ... when you look for something to munch on and look in the fridge, find nothing... a few seconds later look in the fridge again to see if you missed something... and find nothing. You give up and grab a bag of chips.
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