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

THE BEGINNINGS OF REASON IN ANCIENT GREECE This may be a popular version of 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. That seems glaringly obvious by now.  The Classicists tell us that the pre-Socratic philosophers started it, for the Western world, in about 580…

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What’s Wrong with Philosophy? 3, It wipes away wisdom

PHILOSOPHY USES THE WRONG METHODS FOR ‘WISDOM’  Wisdom is about human life which philosophers are simple-minded about. They lack sensibility to human life, here. They have always lacked 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 regression from the wisdom already present in the…

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