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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 verbal logicking as the path to knowledge; 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. The small thing that is missing from Philosophy and Philosophers is human self-knowledge.  It is something…

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Philosophy Anti-Philosophy History of Philosophy

What’s Wrong with Philosophy? 7: History of Philosophy

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 come 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. 

Philosophy is a high logicking that the rest of us can’t manage, but it isn’t wisdom.  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…

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