Philosophers’ Commonalities

Today my wife and I, in this age of Covid-19, discussed how many people are suddenly coming to realize the apparently obvious fact that “we are not in as much control of our lives as we imagine”.  This insight led us to discuss the pros and cons of peoples’ need to feel in control of things. We brainstormed on all the obvious pluses and minuses of “control” depending on how, when, where and why control is attempted.

     Then my wife asked me if I think philosophers use their philosophies in order to feel that they have some control in their lives or to get control of other’s lives?  It was a good question to which I tried to add another layer of nuance by replying:

     “I think the vast majority of philosophers have a passion for systematized thought.  Some use their systems to establish certainty and/or control.  Others use their method of systematizing to explore and experiment.

     Dear reader:  What do you think?  Jump into our conversation.

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2 responses to “Philosophers’ Commonalities

  1. I like the 2nd approach better. In so many domains, swaths of realities are missed because some systemic framework cancels them from consideration. The 1st motivation seems more likely to result in a blind attachment to the abstracted system.

    Control: life is revealed, lately, to be like trying to manage a kite in a strong gale with random gusts. So it is not control which is desirable exactly, but suppleness, flexibility, sensitivity, and openness.

  2. @ Stolzyblog: for once, I agree with you

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