Monday, January 12, 2004

The Culture: Just what should conform to what?

One of the Volokh's is impressed with a recent interview of University of Tennessee law professor and Instapundit Glenn Reynolds. They liked this part:

What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? > That there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in philosophy.

What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? > That life should conform to a philosophy."
I enjoy Instapundit, but in this instance I'm less impressed with how its creator expressed his philosophic views. I read Reynolds' one liners as swipes against philosophy. If Reynolds has a problem with how most philosophy is practiced today, I couldn't agree more. Still, one should never imply that that philosophy that has little to do with anything real and true. Philosophy should conform to existence--and it's the tool by which one would ever come to know anything it. I don't need to tell Objectivists that there is a lot wrong with philosophy today, but an attack against philosophy as such is nothing less then an attack on man.

I received a fortune cookie with dinner last night that said, "Today's philosophy is tomorrow's common sense." Heh. If it were that easy.

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