Philosophy in Mediis Rebus
Baker (Lynne Rudder)
Source: Metaphilosophy, 32 (2001): 378-394
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    How should philosophy be pursued? I want to defend a conception of philosophy in mediis rebus — philosophy in the middle of things. The more familiar Latin phrase is ‘in medias res,’ but Latin distinguishes two readings of ‘in the middle of things.’ There’s the middle of things from which one starts, and there’s the middle of things into which one jumps. ‘In medias res’ is the middle of things into which one jumps; I, however, mean to invoke the middle of things from which one starts. Thus, risking an accusation of pedantry, I use ‘in mediis rebus.’

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