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Socrates: What’s Wrong with his Philosophizing?

I find it difficult now to recapture my sense of let-down when I first came across him.  His whole message was that the important thing in life is rational thought – being logical – and that it automatically leads to ethical behaviour.  He even thought that it transports the philosopher to heaven. It is an enormity of rationalistic narrow-mindedness and limitation. It has only to do with the rationalistic thought…

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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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What’s Wrong with Philosophy? 6: The Pre-Socratics.

THE BEGINNINGS OF 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, with Argument, with Thought and with Philosophy, and that it hasn’t always been with us.  The Classicists tell us that the pre-Socratic philosophers started it, for the Western world, in about 580 BC. But surely, wasn’t primitive Man…

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