|Portrait of the philosopher|
as a young man
I've defended philosophy in today's Sydney Morning Herald, in 'Not idle, just thinking big'.
And do check out John Shakespeare's caricature of yours truly, in jeans and t-shirt, complete with shaven skull...
My essay looks at philosophy's value in modern life, and suggests how philosophers and everyone else might be more intellectually intimate. A sample:
Healthy or ailing, philosophy will continue for another two millennia – if homo sapiens survives. This is partly because of professional associations, formal education. But it is also because the desire to ask and answer life’s basic questions can be waylaid or suppressed, but not denied. The challenge for philosophers is to gratify this instinct – not with shallow truisms or anaesthetised prose, but by sharing what they desire: bold ideas, rich impressions, subtle emotions. The challenge for lay folk is to overcome distraction, intimidation or intellectual sloth, in favour of this, philosophy’s unusual beauty.(Illustration: John Shakespeare/SMH)