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Socrates – narrow rationalism

Socrates’ whole idea is that the important thing is rational thought, being logical, and that knowledge achieves ethics, even that rationalistic thought transports the philosopher to heaven. It is an enormity of rationalistic narrow-mindedness and limitation. It has only to do with the rationalistic thought element of human consciousness. It neglects what else is in man and in his life. Philosophy for me should be about the darkness and mystery…

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Descartes’ ontological dualism is just obvious and unproblematic

Another great concern of Descartes was that some things were material; and others, such as the human mind and God, were spiritual.  This was his ‘ontological dualism’.  It was the one fraction of his thought that later philosophers weren’t impressed by.   Yet, to me, it is obvious and unproblematic that the brain is material and resides in the skull, and that the mind which consists of feelings, thoughts, dreams, nostalgias,…

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The Philosophy of Academia is not Wisdom, part 2

Wisdom is learning about oneself and about Adam and Eve.  It is not some kind of objective knowledge arrived at by logic, mathematics or science, that can be argued, and demonstrated to other people for them to agree with, and that students can write down in their lectures. Some people are satisfied that they have gained Wisdom by sitting in class and writing down the science that other people have…

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The Philosophy of Academia is not Wisdom, part 4.

REASON IN ANCIENT GREECE This may be a popular version of the History of Philosophy but here it is: Reason, I have read, was synonymous in ancient Greece with Logic, Argument, Thought and Philosophy, and that it hasn’t always been with us.  The Classicists tell us that the pre-Socratic philosophers started it, in the Western world at least, in about 580 BC.  (from here and here, and one or two…

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The Philosophy of Academia is not Wisdom, part 1.

PHILOSOPHY USES THE WRONG METHODS FOR ‘WISDOM’  Philosophy has for my taste always been pseudo-philosophy, since it began in about 580 BC.  It has been an expression of minds that lack that special intelligence and capacity for understanding that human beings have been blessed with   Philosophers either lack it or leave it disregarded and fallow. The birth of philosophy was in some ways a massive regression from the wisdom…

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The Philosophy of Academia is not Wisdom, part 3

When I started reading interpretations of the great Philosophers of the Western World, from Thales of Miletus onwards, I couldn’t believe they could really have been serious in expounding their logico-mathematical cogitations as Wisdom.  I couldn’t hold what they seemed to be saying in my mind.  Surely, I felt, they must  be saying something higher and deeper, but which I was failing to get hold of.  (Am I right in…

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