by Glenn Fairman 2/22/17
As any acolyte who earnestly yearns for the golden prize of transcendent philosophical wisdom will attest, the 20th century has not been good for the old girl. Logical positivism, Scientistic empiricism, Wittgenstein’s deconstruction of language, semiotics, and all the shoeless bastards of Post-modernism have only succeeded in cutting the legs out from under the higher eros that aspires to truth and wisdom and makes meaningless the study of history, culture, biography and every interesting inquiry into human ontology and teleology.
Denying the possibility of transcendent moral knowledge, because modern deconstruction demolishes the availability of trans-historical and trans-cultural communications of shared epistemological truths, is the antithesis of a life affirming philosophy. Indeed, what was once the Mother of all human inquiries becomes reduced to a “History of Philosophy:” a study of the disinterred bones of mankind’s “idiotic” attempts at material transcendence.
Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca.
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