PHILOSOPHERS IN SEARCH OF PHILOSOPHY
I. The contemporary debate about the proper role of
philosophy centers on the question whether philosophy is a first-order way of knowing that aspires to
wisdom. The radical character of the point at issue
has so far prevented a successful revolution in philosophy: there is still an openness to the philosophic
situation that calls out for new beginnings of a most
These are revolutionary times in philosophy. The crisis is a
deep one, for the truly revolutionary movements are not concerned merely with advancing new doctrines within the framework of a generally accepted discipline, but with revising our
conception of the discipline itself. It is not too much to say
that among professional academic philosophers there is no dispute carried on more implacably than the one about the very
nature of philosophy; it is in fact the form in which that
Protean thing, the spiritual crisis of our times, reveals itself in
these circles. The dispute has ramifications throughout the
contemporary world, and whether symptom or cause, or like
most things, having something of each, its importance can not
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Book title: The Recognition of Reason.
Contributors: Edward Pols - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1963.
Page number: 3.
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