Saturday, January 22, 2005

Esprit de Corps

MelbournePhilosopher

I was talking with another Melbournian philosopher recently, when I was expressed my frustrated hopes to find a vibrant culture of philosophy. While there are many people who enjoy it, love it, study and teach it, there are few who really make it a part of their lives as do people studying music, or the arts. There is little sense that one is part of something great, rather the philosophical world is a loosely-connected archipelago, with small islands of thought cropping up separated by oceans of distance and time. The Internet, while appearing to solve the problem of distance, does little to engender a human sense of community. One cannot see the excited look on someone's face as they experience the thrill of discovery in the ideas of a new author, or spend hours talking together into the night about abstruse and varied topics.

-MP

2 Comments:

Blogger MH said...

Marianne Talbot, in an article for the Telegraph (English), makes the observation that "Philosophy lends itself extremely well to online study, not least because it is essentially a solitary activity. Philosophy requires serious, sustained thought, and such thinking demands time alone to read and to think about the issues."

1/30/2005 08:45:00 AM  
Blogger MelbournePhilosopher said...

Good counter-viewpoint! I guess I'm just an extrovert, and some people are introverts. I guess it takes all kind of vertices to make a world...

-MP

1/31/2005 11:29:00 AM  

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