[Wittrs] Parfit, Analytic Philosophy & Giants
John Phillip DeMouy
jpdemouy at gmail.com
Wed Aug 17 15:53:07 CDT 2011
It is worth noting that Wittgenstein anticipated this state of affairs,
hailing it while also noting its downside, in a quote you know well:
"The nimbus of philosophy has been lost. For we now have a method of
doing philosophy, and can speak of skilful philosophers. Compare the
difference between alchemy and chemistry: chemistry has a method and we
can speak of skilful chemists. But once a method has been found the
opportunities for the expression of personality are correspondingly
On Wed, 2011-08-17 at 11:33 -0700, Sean Wilson wrote:
> ... one of the interesting things here (in the first paragraph) is the
> admission that analytic philosophy is collectively pedestrian: each
> lilliputian working on some "great problem" like the ants work in the
> ground. But even the ants have their queen, don't they?
> It's interesting to see how this cultural prejudice works. If you are
> "analytic," the model of "philosophy as art" is spoken of as though
> the creative person is a cult, an ego maniac, a shaman, etc. But if
> you are from the other school, you speak of the Jethros who do their
> knots and sums upon nothing as though it were just another episode of
> the Flintstones.
> Very interesting indeed.
> Regards and thanks.
> Dr. Sean Wilson,Esq.
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