[lit-ideas] Re: What is philosophy? Susan Langer writes....

  • From: wokshevs@xxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, joerg benesch <jgruel@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2006 18:10:31 -0330

Quoting joerg benesch <jgruel@xxxxxxxxxx>:

> Robert Paul schrieb:
> > (...)If turns out that this is the only criterion perhaps the True 
> > Scotsman needs to be taken out of his case in the British Museum so 
> > that he can be seen to be stuffed with straw. Let the light shine upon 
> > him. If however there are other criteria, for philsophical 
> > seriousness, would it really hurt to list one or two of them?
> > (...)
> Now would one say the following piece of modern philosophy is about 
> showing the straw, or about some other criterion? -:
> "Listen to the witty [sic!] manner in which one played once upon the 
> shallowness of this pride. A certain man once bitterly attacked another 
> who had taken to himself falsely the name of philosopher, not for the 
> purpose of true virtue, but for pride of fame; he added to his attack 
> that he would know soon whether he was a philosopher, when he saw 
> whether the other bore with meekness and patience the insults he heaped 
> upon him. The other showed patience for a while and took the insults as 
> though he scoffed at them, until he said, " Do you now see that I am a 
> philosopher? " " I should have, had you kept silence," said the other 
> stingingly. But we are speaking of great men: and I ask, what do they 
> gain from fame..."
> , Boetius' original here: 
> Given the calm ataraxia amidst floods of obnoxities that's exposed so 
> often on this list, Id say that, if anywhere, true philosopers can be 
> found at least here (Yet are they also necessarily Serious?).
> barba non facit philosophum
> joerg
> clean-shaven in Suebia

W: Notice that even a response of "I offer you silence" would reveal oneself to
be a fraud. (Who is that masked man, anyway?)

Never wanting to be kissed by The Grand Inquisitor (and returning now to a
wonderous roast beast slathered in wild mushroom gravy und with potatoe latkes,
gurken salat mit speck and an 18yr. old Glenlivet, in rehearsal for

Walter O.
Direktor and First Typist,
Diotima Secretarial College
Toronto, Ontario

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