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Philosophy Inc.

Post by Philosophy Now » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:19 pm

Christopher Norris offers his diagnosis of academic philosophy’s current ailments, and prescribes a cure.

https://philosophynow.org/issues/92/Philosophy_Inc

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Re: Philosophy Inc.

Post by Impenitent » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:34 pm

nice article...

finding an answer isn't necessarily the point of all questions...

and some creation isn't done for the herd...

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Re: Philosophy Inc.

Post by -1- » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:09 pm

Impenitent wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:34 pm
nice article...

finding an answer isn't necessarily the point of all questions...

and some creation isn't done for the herd...

-Imp
The author hasn't herd of millions of articles written by the herd, the great unwashed,that is the force de element behind refusing by editors to read philosophy written by dilettante.

Sure a lot of good ideas are gone to the wayside due to the elitist attitude of publishers. So what? Sooner or later someone else will come up with the same insight as the rejected writer's theory or proposal. No big loss to mankind.

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Re: Philosophy Inc.

Post by Nick_A » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:47 pm

“There are only two kinds of scholars; those who love ideas and those who hate them” ~ Emile Chartier

Simone Weil studied philosophy under Emile Chartier at the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris. I wondered why she admired him but when I read this quote it was clear he understood something very important.

Academic philosophy has largely sacrificed the love of wisdom for the love of personal pomposity. As a result, ideas threatening ones self importance must be hated. That is why Socrates had to be killed. He invited people to experience that they knew nothing which is intolerable for self importance.

It is a shame how often those who hate ideas dominate philosophy sites. They have knowledge and a negative attitude which gives the impression of intelligence but they lack the human understanding which is the goal of the pursuit of wisdom.

I read on a site about Simone Weil how a college student was bored to death in philosophy class since his teacher was one of these academics with no understanding so incapable of communication. A friend introduced him to “Gravity and Grace”: a book featuring Simone’s essays and letters. He was quickly hooked since he experienced her experiential understanding. Since she wrote from the depths of her being he was touched at the depths of his being. All of a sudden philosophy became alive for him.

Academic philosophy has its place but so does human philosophy with its goal of the love of wisdom for those who can profit from it as human beings rather as the more admired lovers of pomposity.. Preserving that place is not so easy when there are so many influences in modern society which seek to destroy it.

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Re: Philosophy Inc.

Post by Nick_A » Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:49 am

From “The Red Virgin”: A Poem of Simone Weil by Stephanie Strickland which won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry in 1993.
"Weil came to her philosophical and religious ideas by a path that included elite university training, factory work, potato digging, harvest in the vineyards, teaching philosophy to adolescent women, partisanship in trade unions, anarchistic Socialism, pacifism, rejection of pacifism, a conversion experience that did not lead her to joining ... a religion, exile in New York City, and employment by De Gaulle's government-in-exile in London.

Weil used her body as a tool as well as a weapon. She threw herself under the wheels of the same issues women are starving for answers to today: issues of hunger, violence, exclusion, betrayal of the the body, inability to be heard, and self-hate. ...

"Weil, our shrewdest political observer since Machiavelli, was never deceived by the glamor of power, and she committed herself to resisting force in whatever guise. More 'prophet' than 'saint,' more 'wise woman' than either, she bore a particular kind of bodily knowledge that the Western tradition cannot absorb. Simone Weil belongs to a world culture, still to be formed, where the voices of multiple classes, castes, races, genders, ethnicities, nationalities, and religions, can be respected. To achieve this culture is an impossible task, but, as Weil would remind us, not on that account to be forsaken.

Today we look to Weil for hope, for meditation, for the bridge a body makes. She knew that the truth had been 'taken captive,' and that we must 'seek at greater depth our own source,' because power destroys the past, the past with its treasures of alternative ideals that stand in judgment on the present."
It isn’t that Simone Weil is hated but the ideas she brings and the quality of philosophical and religious thought she arouses is ignored and even hated by a sizable minority caught up in agendas and the superficial. They remain oblivious of what the human condition deprives us of.. It always has been this way. Must it always be this way? Who knows?

One thing I’m sure of: Academic philosophy and philosophers will not help. They don't feel what they know. Only human philosophy and philosophers capable of uniting thought and feeling will.

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