John Palcewski's Journal

Works In Progress

Previous Entry Share Next Entry
Philosophy Cures Self-detestation
forioscribe




From Philosophy as an Art of Living by Costica Bradatan:

In this understanding of the Western tradition, the chief reason for studying philosophy is not a desire to know more about the world, but a profound sense of dissatisfaction with the state in which one finds oneself at a given moment. One day you suddenly, painfully realize that something important is missing in your life, that there is a gap between what you currently are and the sense of what you could be.


And before you know it, this emptiness starts eating at you. In a way, you don’t even exist yet. (It must have been in this sense that Socrates used the term “midwifery” for what he was doing; by subjecting those around him to the rigors of his philosophy, he was bringing them into existence properly.) Philosophy thus presupposes a certain degree of self-detestation. It may well be that philosophizing begins in shame. If you are a bit too comfortable with yourself, if there is nothing you are ashamed of, you don’t need philosophy; you are fine as you are.

Entire review here:

http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?id=1166&fulltext=1





Site Meter



  • 1
Similarly, you study psychology because you want to learn more about yourself and your decision making processes or the processes of your loved ones.

If your life is normal, happy, "well-adjusted," you don't need psychology; you are fine as you are.

  • 1
?

Log in

No account? Create an account