Philosophy Anti-Philosophy Descartes

Descartes 2: He drops the Cogito

Descartes later cheated on himself by using entirely separate arguments, not deduced from the Cogito, to prove that God did after all exist and that He was not a Great Deceiver who would deceive Descartes about what came to him via his senses.  So Descartes could now accept what his senses told him, and discard Cogito ergo Sum entirely! His arguments that God existed were painfully feeble.  But they gave him…

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Philosophy Anti-Philosophy Descartes

Descartes 1: schoolboy-level philosophizing, the Cogito.

Let me jump to about 1637 AD for another example of the pottiness of Philosophy:  ‘Cogito ergo Sum’ – ‘I think, therefore I am’ – wrote Descartes.    Descartes couldn’t convince himself he existed till it occurred to him that he was thinking!  Therefore he must exist!  Did he really think as an adult person that he couldn’t believe he existed until the logic of words proved it?   He later  changed…

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Philosophy Anti-Philosophy History of Philosophy Socrates

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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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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Archbishop Tutu Palestine-Israel

Tutu 2: Jews and Arabs

In his heart, Palestine has a special place .  He comes out of retirement in December 2017 to say: “God is weeping over President Trump’s inflammatory and discriminatory recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  Those who claim divine rights..to physical property..are false prophets….”  (from here). He complains about Jewry’s ‘monopoly of the Holocaust’, and tells them that they aren’t being sufficiently forgiving to those who did it to…

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Philosophy Anti-Philosophy Descartes Dualism

Descartes 3: his dualism – a problem for philosophers!

Descartes proposed his’Ontological Dualism’:  that some things such as the brain are material, and others such as the human mind and God are spiritual.  So what’s wrong with that?  Isn’t it just obvious, unproblematical and commonsensical, almost by definition of the words used?  But it was the one fraction of his thought that later philosophers weren’t impressed by. ‘Cartesian Dualism’ became the basis for  ‘The Mind-Body Problem’ for subsequent philosophers (from…

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Philosophy Anti-Philosophy

What’s Wrong with Philosophy? 4

Wisdom is learning about oneself and about Adam and Eve.  It’s 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. It requires another kind of intelligence which perhaps can be called Sensibility to Human Life, see previous post.    Philosophy hasn’t got it. …

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Philosophy Anti-Natalism

Benatar’s ‘Anti-Natalism’ is philosophers’ logicking, not Wisdom on Life.

I have always had a distant image of philosopher David Benatar as having a lot to contend with in a difficult place at a difficult time.  The idea of his that I examine here was one I chanced upon on the Web.  It is the idea that human life is so miserable, that ergo it is immoral to bring people into it in the first place.  This is simple logicking…

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