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'Since Kaufmann's examine isn't just good written but additionally the single latest textual content combining distinct knowing, sympathy, and feedback of either existentialism and analytic philosophy, it turns into a 'must' for any man's religious medication cupboard. upload to this a cautious critique of neo-orthodoxy, the better feedback, demythologizing, mysticism, Freudian psychology, and sure elements of Judaism and Buddhism, and the highbrow deal with is obvious.

"It will be difficult to discover a greater instance of recent atheistic philosophy's love affair with faith, or a extra poignant one of many attempt of a latest highbrow to maintain the religion whereas eschewing trust. " --Religious reports overview

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But convention is imposed upon a child by force, and if anybody should be completely satisfied with it, without reservation, this would surely show that not only his will had been broken, which was an avowed aim of education until recently, but also his spirit. Part of the excitement of the quest for truth comes from the scent of freedom; what is wanted is what is new, different, original: a hitherto unknown fact, a novel distinction, or an unconventional perspective. We want to break the tyranny of custom and see it at the mercy of our discoveries.

Moreover, the problems that concerned Wittgenstein were those studied by some of his British predecessors—and the most academic of these. He took these problems terribly seriously, but not many people could be expected to do likewise. And whatever one says about the foundations of mathematics or about sense data, and whatever reasons one considers best for saying that sometimes I know that you are angry or bored, at that level our most persistent quandaries are ignored, the challenge to change one's life is not heeded, and a void remains— to be filled, unfortunately, without the benefit of philosophy.

Was Hegel, then, an analyst? No more so than Nietzsche, whose repudiation of romanticism was frequently savage. In principle, both took the stand of Socrates and Plato and Spinoza and protested against any bifurcation of intense experience and the analytic intellect. The great philosopher is a poet with an intellectual conscience. If his imagination is too strong, it will outsoar his conscience. But if his conscience is too rigid, there will be no vision. What is wanted is a wealth of intuitions, observations, and insights, and the relentless passion to examine them.

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