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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."
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
Philosophy is explicitness, generality, orientation and assessment. That of which one would insinuate, thereof one must speak.ernest gellner
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.
Physics and philosophy are at most a few thousand years old, but probably have lives of thousands of millions of years stretching away in front of them. They are only just beginning to get under way.james jeans
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
The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.karl marx
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 rushes headlong, without selectivity, without “taste,” at whatever is knowable, in the blind desire to know all at any cost. Philosophical thinking, on the other hand, is ever on the scent of those things which are most worth knowing, the great and the important insights.friedrich nietzsche
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
Men are constantly attracted and deluded by two opposite charms: the charm of competence which is engendered by mathematics and everything akin to mathematics, and the charm of humble awe, which is engendered by meditation on the human soul and its experiences. Philosophy is characterized by the gentle, if firm, refusal to succumb to either charm.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
I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.Hippolyte Taine