February 23, 2015

Sowing Season

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”Isaac Asimov

The word "Philosophy" comes from the Greek philosophia, meaning "love of Wisdom."

But what is Wisdom? Is it merely knowing a set of facts about the workings of the natural worldor is there some deeper level of understanding that is required to attain to this stature?

February 16, 2015

Constantly Talking Isn't Necessarily Communicating

"But why, my dear Crito, should we care about the opinion of the many? Good men, and they are the only persons who are worth considering, will think of these things truly as they occurred." — Plato, Crito

The majority of humanity, it seems, has very little use—and even less time—for Philosophy, while the remainder are actively hostile to it. This has led some, such as medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides, to claim that it is better if most were not even exposed to it in the first place. Philosophy with its sober analysis and radical skepticism is, in many ways, completely inimical to the commitment required by both private and public life. Yet, we now live in an age that prides itself on both its enlightenment and critical thinking—the two hallmarks that have always characterized the philosophic pursuit.

February 09, 2015

Thoughts Out of Season

Sometimes it is harder to accede to a thing than it is to see its truth.” ― Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations