Saturday, January 22, 2005

Esprit de Corps


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.



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...


1/31/2005 11:29:00 AM  

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