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If philosophy is still necessary, it is so only in the way it has been from time immemorial: as critique, as resistance to the expanding heteronomy, even if only as thought’s powerless attempt to remain its own master and to convict of untruth, by their own criteria, both a fabricated mythology and a conniving, resigned acquiescence.theodor adorno
Pretend what we may, the whole man within us is at work when we form our philosophical opinions . Intellect , will , taste , and passion co-operate just as they do in practical affairs; and lucky it is if the passion be not something as petty as a love of personal conquest over the philosopher across the way.william james
The philosopher ... subjects experience to his critical judgment, and this contains a value judgment namely, that freedom from toil is preferable to toil, and an intelligent life is preferable to a stupid life. It so happened that philosophy was born with these values. Scientific thought had to break this union of value judgment and analysis, for it became increasingly clear that the philosophic values did not guide the organisation of society.herbert marcuse
(Philosophy is) To give a speculative, systematic, complete view of reality; To describe the ultimate, real, nature of reality; To determine the limits, scope, source, nature, validity, and value, of knowledge; The critical inquiry regarding the presuppositions, and claims, made by the different fields of knowledge; and A discipline to get you to "see" what you say and say what you "see."
An art, which has an aim to achieve the beauty, is called a philosophy or in the absolute sense it is named wisdom.
Art shows how it loves, philosophy what it loves; mysticism knows only that it loves.
Sublime Philosophy! Thou art the patriarch’s ladder, reaching heaven; And bright with beckoning angels but alas! We see thee, like the patriarch, but in dreams, By the first step, dull slumbering on the earth.Lytton
Beside, he was a shrewd philosopher, And had read ev’ry text and gloss over Whate’er the crabbed’st author hath, He understood b’ implicit faith.Samuel Butler
Before Philosophy can teach by Experience, the Philosophy has to be in readiness, the Experience must be gathered and intelligibly recorded.thomas carlyle
This same philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an arrant jade on a journey.Oliver Goldsmith
The true philosophy is rhetoric, and the true rhetoric is philosophy, a philosophy which does not need an “external” rhetoric to convince, and a rhetoric that does not need an “external” content of verity.
A thirsty ambition for truth and virtue, and a frenzy to conquer all lies and vices which are not recognized as such nor desire to be; herein consists the heroic spirit of the philosopher.johann georg hamann
Born and nurtured when the human being first asked questions about the reason for things and their purpose, philosophy shows in different modes and forms that the desire for truth is part of human nature itself.Pope John Paul II
philosophy must obey its own rules and be based upon its own principles; truth , however, can only be one.Pope John Paul II
To grasp the limits of reason – only this is truly philosophy.friedrich nietzsche
What does a philosopher demand of himself, first and last? To overcome his time in himself, to become “timeless.”friedrich nietzsche
Science is what we know, and philosophy is what we don't know.bertrand russell
Philosophy makes progress not by becoming more rigorous but by becoming more imaginative.richard rorty
The philosopher places himself at the summit of thought; from there he views what the world has been and what it must become. He is not just an observer, he is an actor; he is an actor of the highest kind in a moral world because it is his opinion of what the world must become that regulates society.
Professional philosophers are usually only apologists: that is, they are absorbed in defending some vested illusion or some eloquent idea. Like lawyers or detectives, they study the case for which they are retained.george santayana
The philosopher is Nature’s pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.George Bernard Shaw
It is as absurd to expect members of philosophy departments to be philosophers as it is to expect members of art departments to be artists.leo strauss
Philosophy is not a body of doctrine, but an activity.ludwig wittgenstein
What characterizes philosophy is this "step back" from actuality into possibility the attitude best rendered by Adorno 's and Horkheimer's motto quoted by Fredric Jameson: "Not Italy itself is given here, but the proof that it exists."slavoj Žižek
The options available to a creative person are ever limited by the choices offered by a philosopher.neil degrasse tyson