“A sane point of view”

The abstract philosophies of the modern world have had this queer twist. Since the modern world began in the sixteenth century, nobody’s system of philosophy has really corresponded to everybody’s sense of reality; to what, if left to themselves, common men would call common sense. Each (modern philosophy) started with a paradox; a peculiar point of view demanding the sacrifice of what they would call a sane point of view.

St. Thomas Aquinas (1933).

Published in: on January 12, 2012 at 10:40 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. In fact, Hegel explicitly attacks Common Sense as the principle enemy of Philosophy at the outset of his Phenomenology of Spirit. Apparently its Common Sense that keeps us from a true encounter with the world. And his heirs, our contemporary philosophers, are busy informing us that Common Sense doesn’t exist anyway.

  2. Quite right.

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