Friday, 11 November 2016

Rejecting Philosophy


Rejecting philosophy or thinking for its own sake deserves respect, as Heidegger once pointed out, in so far as such a decision contains more philosophy than it itself knows

In his opinion, it is the toying with philosophical concepts - as practiced by a majority of commentators - that is more deserving of contempt as it signals reluctance, for whatever reason, to actually engage in the labour and introspection involved in philosophical thinking while still making use of the ideas of others even if only to poo poo them. 

As I wrote below in Rarity of Philosophy, many are suspicious of generalisations, however true, and unfortunately this mere suspicion already counts as an argument against intellectual labour in such people's minds.
"You can't generalise"
is itself of course a generalisation and, in the same vein, Obi-Wan's statement to Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith according to which
"only siths reason in absolutes"
is for its part also an absolute, at least for those of us following at home. 

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