On the Sterilization of Philosophy

On the Sterilization of Philosophy

Posted on:Nov 10 2016
Captured by:Austin M
Method:Previous Writings

I think there is solid philosophical reason to consider the implications of intelligent evil. We spend too much time on the abstract; we do our philosophy from within a comfort bubble – oftentimes without fully accounting for the horrific intensity of evil throughout the world.

One should never trust a philosopher who hasn’t escaped the library to confront the unspeakable poverty of Haiti, the sexual exploitation of children in Thailand, or the ravages of war in the Congo. We can learn more from a dying child that we can from all the works of Aristotle.

All too often, the professional philosopher’s experience of war is limited to the dissenting opinions of hostile thinkers. Our battlefield is the sterile grounds of the peer-reviewed journal. This is not enough. Philosophy is not determined; it is encountered. And this encounter must move beyond the abstract space of the mental and into the dangerous space of the physical. The philosopher deals in ink, but the world deals in blood.


1 Comment

  1. Thom Burlington says:

    In this context, when we are able, willing, and aware of speaking and listening from the heart first, we will change everything, ultimately for the better.

    Right Philosophy can include this notion. The ruler beyond the world of blood is Spirit and humans must have a working relationship with spirit in order to survive.

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