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Friday, January 3, 2014

What is a mind and what is it good for?

By Damon Young
New Philosopher Magazine
Originally published December 18, 2013

“Philosophy,” wrote John Keats, “will clip an Angel’s wings. “This is the caricature: philosophers are brutal bastards, who cut beautiful things with logical clippers.

But philosophy is rarely malicious. Philosophy is often driven by something like love. From a comradely familiarity, to gentle romance, to manic lust, philosophers care about ideas. The ancient Greek word literally means this: “the love of wisdom”. It is a longing, not just for beautiful ideas, but for faithful ones: ideas that are true in some way.

This is why Alfred North White-head called philosophy the “critic of abstractions”: it seeks to test their fidelity.

The entire article is here.

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