Saturday, July 3, 2010

Quote of the day

Todd May:
Most philosophers now agree that the rights we have are not rooted in nature or in a divine being but in our social practices, our ways of living together.

That's because our philosophers have been infected with the scientific focus on the proximate, material, and tangible, which in turn makes them fundamentally relativist. Consequently, they've rendered their discipline soemthing that previous philosophers, for instance, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, would find abhorrent.

For Plato and Socrates the search for Truth, which is what philosophy is supposed to be about, isn't about social practices, but about timeless, universal truths. To the extent that social practices matter they are merely incomplete rendering of Truth. And if you reject nature as a source of Truth, then Aristotle might just explode.

1 comment:

Andrew Stevens said...

Todd May is also simply mistaken about what "most philosophers" believe. I believe he meant to say "some philosophers." In fact, philosophers are much less likely to believe this than the public at large. He is trying to manufacture a "consensus" position for his own personal views.

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