Sunday, September 06, 2009

Attempt at aphorism...

Philosophers have answers to problems that people do not have. And the finest mark of a teacher of philosophy is his ability to create problems for people who didn’t have problems to begin with.

3 comments:

Bedeutung said...

No! This is standard wisdom. The true enigmas are answers without questions. Philosophers don't provide answers to questions. We have the answers: reality. Philosophers' duty is to provide the horizon of meaning.

Presskorn said...

Obviously, I agree. Equally obvious, however, you don't teach philosophy: People are utterly unconcerned with how the mental is related to the physical or with how a symbol might mean something to begin with. And it is the (daily academic) job of a philosopher to make this seem problematic.

A said...

well, i like my aphorisms unqualified if they are to qualify as aphorisms, so to speak...