Bharath Vallabha has posted an interesting text at Hippo Reads recounting and reflecting on the evolution of his relation to philosophy, entitled “An Immigrant’s Letter to Western Philosophy“. I am cross-posting my comment here, but I highly recommend reading the original article.
Dear Bharath, I think this “Letter” gives a good example of how one can relate to philosophy both from within and outside the academy, and how over the years this relation can change to the point of transforming one’s vision of what philosophy is.
It is an important discovery to realise concretely in one’s intellectual development that philosophy cannot be reduced to an academic discipline with a canonical list of books and thinkers, or of problems, concepts and arguments. Knowing this abstractly is one thing, experiencing it as a resolution of an existential tension is something else.
Philosophy is something more than wisdom of life, and…
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