Is there a proper philosophical term for, well, something like "idea permanence"?
This popped into my head yesterday. It is easy for most people to debate the ideas at hand, but a difficulty I often run into is that non-philosophical people will argue different ideas at different times and in different contexts.
I'm sure everyone has experienced this...like a real example is a person is angry about a friend is angry and gossiping about a friend who got caught driving drunk...and then this person goes out on a birthday, gets drunk, and drives home...and then vehemently defends their act of drunk driving.
Sadly, I work with people like this...one guy gossips every day about this other guy, and was all in his **** when the guy got a DWI. Then a few months later he gets his own DWI...and a few months after that was forced to go into treatment.
One possibility might be "cognitive dissonance"? But to me that is more about being indoctrinated in an ideology that contradicts parts of reality. What I'm after is the ability to remember ideas and apply them to another context...realizing that ideas are real and don't change from context to context.