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February 2020

Philosophy Anti-Philosophy Logic

What’s Wrong with Philosophy? 1: it’s just verbal logicking

What defines the philosopher is firstly his commitment to logicking with words as the path to Wisdom; and secondly, a lack of Human Sensibility to Human Life (which I shall go into in my next post.)  These are the two concepts that are the nearest I have yet got to understanding my exasperation with Philosophy.  Philosophers have another kind of mind, directed towards logicking and even mathematicking.  Philosophy consists of problems…

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Philosophy Anti-Philosophy History of Philosophy

What’s Wrong with Philosophy? 7: from Socrates onward

THE LATER GREEK PHILOSOPHERS I was amazed by Socrates the first time I came across him, sitting in the empty market-place before breakfast with people gathered round him, and drawing them out with his quizzing.  He asked questions like: What is Courage? What is Virtue? What is Duty? and asked them one by one to speak  up with their examples of each.  Some of these examples were contradictory to each…

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Philosophy Anti-Philosophy Leavis

What’s Wrong with Philosophy? 2: It lacks sensibility to human life. 

Wisdom should be about human life, but human life is something that philosophers have the wrong kind of minds for. Philosophy lacks ‘human sensibility to human life’.  It lacks that particular human faculty of feeling for human matters.  What it has always offered is logic, maths and science, which aren’t the appropriate mental methodologies for the knowing of human life.  Philosophers do a  reductionism on human life until it isn’t…

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