There’s something incredibly presumptuous about doing democratic theory

… as if the last three thousand years of practice isn’t enough, and one is going to tell the masses what it really is all about.


2 Responses to “There’s something incredibly presumptuous about doing democratic theory”

  1. Mike Says:

    I think that a smart person with shame and humility should often wonder: “Why am I doing this? It’s pointless. There isn’t anything new here. Who am I to find what everyone else have missed?” Which is why most academics are shameless and arrogant: Via natural selection, those with shame and humility don’t survive.

    Then again, the optimist would note that knowledge hasn’t stopped. So maybe you will find something new. I’m glad, after all, that physics didn’t stop with Newton.

    There’s a balance between the presumptuousness of the typical academic, and the futility of the cynic. Good luck finding the golden mean. (Hmm…… Should philosophy have stopped with Aristotle?)

    Somewhat relatedly: “The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.” – Alfred North Whitehead.

  2. Paul Gowder Says:

    Can I keep the humility and jettison the shame?

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