Adam Kirsch on Philosophy



Philosophers are people who, for some reason–Plato called it the sense of wonder–feel compelled to make the obvious strange. When they try to communicate that basic, pervasive strangeness or wonder to other people, they usually find that the other people don’t like it. Sometimes, as with Socrates, they like it so little that they put the philosopher to death. More often, however, they just ignore him.

— Adam Kirsch in “What Makes You So Sure?” The New Yorker, September 5, 2016.


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