The House That Philosophers Built

The House That Philosophers Built

Philosophy is rather like a house built on stilts in a river.

In the house one can do all sorts of things – construct things, move things about – but one is always aware that the structure is supported by pillars that are driven into something potentially and often actually shifting. Philosophy goes down repeatedly to see how things are going on around the foot of the pillars and indeed inspects the pillars themselves.

Things may need changing down there. For philosophers this is not just the nature of philosophy, it is the true intellectual condition of mankind. It is philosophy that pays that condition close attention and take it seriously. This rather than ignoring it or solving it glibly.