Progress in philosophy

Philosophy.  Part poetry; part ideas and arguments for them.  Of course, logic is metaphor too–just like all thinking.

Some people believe philosophy makes no progress.  I disagree.  As with any other field of knowledge, philosophy is shot completely through with metaphor.  Some philosophical metaphors are apt and they take ingenuity to be countered if countered at all.  Each new metaphor takes us to a new place where ideas defend themselves with arguments difficult to assault.  Isn’t traveling to a new place the goal of all knowledge?

Like the static position on my chessboard against a hard opponent right now, philosophy reaches those kinds of position that wait for some inspired genius to figure the next move–a new idea and argument for it that seems compelling: some new and robust metaphor.

Published in: on March 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

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