sábado, 7 de maio de 2011

la tâche de la philosophie

"Men are constantly attracted and deluded by two opposite charms: the charm of competence which is engendered by mathematics and everything akin to mathematics, and the charm of humble awe, which is engendered by meditation on the human soul and its experiences. Philosophy is characterized by the gentle, if firm, refusal to succumb to either charm. It is the highest form of the mating of courage and moderation. In spite of its highness or nobility, it could appear as Sisyphean or ugly, when one contrasts its achievement with its goal. Yet it is necessarily accompanied, sustained and elevated by eros. It is graced by nature's grace." (Leo Strauss in What is Political Philosophy?)

"Philosophy is needed only as a (pedagogical) answer to "sophistry": it is a "dialectical" defence of "natural" justice against the "sophistic" attacks on it. However, Plato evidently does not quite mean it that way. For in the Phaedo it is (evidently seriously) said that misoloy is the worst thing. That would mean that one should speak about justice in spite of the danger of sophistic errors." Alexander Kojève in Kojève-Strauss correspondence

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