Rationality, Levels of Intervention, and Empiricism

Introduction

I. Levels of intervention

II. Consequences of choosing wrong

III. An empirical matter

IV. Different approaches to rationality

The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands is your intention to cut the enemy, whatever the means. Whenever you parry, hit, spring, strike or touch the enemy’s cutting sword, you must cut the enemy in the same movement. It is essential to attain this. If you think only of hitting, springing, striking or touching the enemy, you will not be able actually to cut him. More than anything, you must be thinking of carrying your movement through to cutting him.

Musashi in The Book of Five Rings

V. Notes

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