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I guess philosophy is coming back!

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A few days ago I commented here about the connection I found between a Big Think video by Stephen Fry and Bertrand Russell‘s “History of Western Philosophy” . This morning I read a new blog hosted by NY Times, The Stone, that we are promised will offer us regular writings by a variety of philosopher’s curated by Simon Chritchley.

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Chrichley begins the posts with the title “What is a philosopher?” in which he offers this succinct thought:

The freedom of the philosopher consists in either moving freely from topic to topic or simply spending years returning to the same topic out of perplexity, fascination and curiosity.

That thought reminds me of my attitude about a lot that I read on philosophy, history,  religion et al.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/05/16 at 15:55

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  1. Question. Can anyone be a philosopher? Even a nobody? Just wondering. My favorite subject to study is super-material reality. This is the topic I return to time and again.

    Kate.

    katejohnson77

    2010/05/16 at 17:50

  2. I too saw the Chrichley piece yesterday, this just a week after finishing his book, Dead Philosophers, which at one time appeared on the Times best sellers list. The thing about Chrichley that is so appealing, and hence perhaps suggests the “coming back” of philosophy, is his traditional approach, especially for a Brit. Traditional in the sense of the history of the discipline, less the last one hundred years or so of analytic and logical philosophy. He likes to talk about the big questions, not reduce existence to a soul-less equation.

    Doug Bruns

    2010/05/20 at 09:03


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