The Quest For Meaning: Friends of Wisdom from Plato to by Adriaan Theodoor Peperzak

By Adriaan Theodoor Peperzak

One in every of our so much distinct thinkers, Adriaan Peperzak has for a few years masterfully explored the connections among philosophy, ethics, faith, and the social and ancient contexts of human adventure. a number one specialist on Hegel, Heidegger, and Levinas, he the following deals a private amassing of affects on his personal paintings as courses to the makes use of of philosophy in our look for experience and which means.

In brief, direct, deeply felt chapters, Peperzak strikes from Plato, Plotinus, and the Early Christian theologians to Anselm, Bonaventure, Descartes, Pascal, Leibniz, Hegel, and Levinas. all through, he touches on primary themes—from cause and religion to freedom and tradition—that knit jointly the long-lasting legacy of philosophy as a consultant to dwelling correctly.

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However, philosophers would not love the good if they isolated themselves completely from the public interests of their city. In his explanation of the cave allegory, Socrates emphasizes that it would be unjust for someone who owes his education to the city not to descend back into the cave in order to assist one’s unenlightened compatriots in the government of the community (519b521b). A refrain that runs throughout the entire Politeia reminds us time and again that the search for virtue and truth has “a private and a public aspect” (idiai kai dëmosiai).

The discovery that the dream of autonomous reason cannot be realized can also be the initiation to a further discovery: we should neither despair of reason and rationality, nor flee into the subjectivism of arbitrary preferences and beliefs; instead, we should find out where and how exactly reason’s marvelous possibilities fit into the economy of PHILOSOPHIA 21 human life. This discovery presupposes the recognition that philosophy, in the modern sense of the word, is not a sovereignly independent tribunal, but an element amidst other elements needed for the discovery of important truth.

Living on the surface of things, they are neither amazed at the splendor nor shaken by the terror displayed in the universe. They lack authenticity because shadows, appearances, and images separate them from the secret truth of things. The Culture of Semblance and Pleasure A culture that fosters the attachment to superficiality and indulgence is not authentic, because it does not take the reality as it (truly, genuinely, originarily, and essentially) is. Within the limits of this chapter we cannot enter into the details of Plato’s critique of all the layers and levels of the culture that dominated the city of his time, but we must be aware of the solidarity between that culture and the political dimension if we want to understand his critique of the latter.

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