I've been going through an email exchange with John Bloomberg-Rissman about philosophy and philosophical confusions. John has one of the most acute minds I've ever encountered. So, the exchanges are bracing and I feel a bit out of my depth. That being said, I'm grateful to feel thus. It's always better to engage with people smarter than you. That's when learning has the potential to happen.
What John has me thinking about is contingency--the idea that all of reality is pretty precarious.
What is reality? To ask that question seriously is to beg for a framework. Is one asking from the standpoint of the individual or something more global, less human?