Philosophy was always about asking universal questions. What is the meaning of life? What is truth? What is Being? Does God exist? Are there eternal principles of moral import?
Philosophy self-imploded when it exhaustively asked such principled questions, failed to answer them, then questioned itself for failing to arrive at conclusive answers. But the questions left unanswered were never meant to present an unfinished query. Universality in the question itself did not mean that universality in the answer would ever be achieved.
The questions were to be answered for the individual; the universality of the question was merely meant to indicate a wider sense of applicability — not to fit every circumstance, everywhere, for everybody.
Philosophy took a wrong turn when Wittgenstein mistook the need for relevance greater than for the individual. To that extent, he was correct to abandon philosophy in his early days and instead to become a primary school teacher in a small town in Austria — Trattenbach — for, the experience of daily drudgery, ending finally in striking a poor student for not being able to answer a question posed, then lying about it.
A logician who cannot abide that a conclusion reached in the particular can follow from a premise of a universal, philosophy had gone awry when the answer became more important than the question. In the end, not all questions need to be answered; for, some questions are important merely in the questioning itself.
For Federal employees and U.S. Postal workers who need answers to questions concerning the particulars in a Federal Disability Retirement application, you need not worry about the ‘universals’ concerning OPM Disability Retirement Law — for, it is the ‘particulars” of case laws, decisions from the MSPB and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals of precedents already established, which become the “arguing” points in putting forth your application.
Let philosophy die, as Richard Rorty used to say, its quiet death, but let Disability Retirement Law be argued by those who are competent to do so. Contact an attorney who specializes in FERS Disability Retirement Law, and do not concern yourself with Philosophy gone awry.
Robert R. McGill
Lawyer exclusively representing Federal and Postal employees to secure their Federal Disability Retirement benefits under FERS from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.