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What's Changing? - Philosophy

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July 2021

  • Philosophy is often told as a story leaping straight from the Ancient Greeks to the Renaissance with little in between. The American academic Peter Adamson, who teaches in Munich and London, challenged the old narrative with his podcast The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps
  • According to philosopher Michel Weber, Western philosophy has ignored the psychedelic experience for too long. The focus on a particular logical framework is misplaced and an emphasis on empiricism cannot be complete until we take into account all experiences. Philosophy of mind has been crippled, since its very beginnings, by two main prejudices. First, the "blind implementation" of the traditional Western logical framework, that boils down to Aristotelian logic; second, the perennial neglect of crucially relevant empirical data, in so far as, in most arguments, sense-perception is reduced to sight alone. We can overcome these crippling effects if we take into account data coming not only from the other external senses, but also from internal senses, as well as what is gathered in altered states of mind, including the psychedelic state, claims Weber.

 

June 2021

  • Stephen Hawking reportedly once said, “Philosophy is dead.” However, the Four Schools of Greek Philosophy - StoicismEpicureanismCynicism, and Scepticism - contain much wisdom that is still applicable today. For instance, elements of Stoicism form the foundation of cognitive behavioral therapy, which is used by psychologists to treat patients with a range of conditions, from anxiety to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). 

 

July 2020

  • The wisdom of philosophy is – in modern times – mostly delivered in the form of books, noted The School of Life (TSOL). But in the past, philosophers sat in market squares and discussed their ideas with shopkeepers or went into government offices and palaces to give advice. It wasn’t abnormal to have a philosopher on the payroll. Philosophy was thought of as a normal, basic activity – rather than as an unusual, esoteric, optional extra. Nowadays, it’s not so much that we overtly deny this thought – we are always getting snippets of wisdom here and there – but we just don’t have the right institutions set up to promulgate wisdom coherently in the world. In the future, though, when the value of philosophy is a little clearer, we can expect to meet more philosophers in daily life, added TSOL. 

 

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