Wanted to write books in general
Philosophers closer to mathematicians
Philosophers closer to humanities
University philosophers were mad because he went against what was usually done in philosophy departments
- They don’t have a vision of philosophy as a source of wisdom for everyday life
There is popular intelligence, a wisdom of crowds
Academics leave behind what is most alive in a question
Philosophy is not about the topic. It is a way of thinking, a way of attempting to break down questions in a rigorous way.
It is different from poetry or fiction.
Use the art of rhetoric in order to transmit your philosophical ideas in a way that touches the emotions.
- Good essays see that a readers mind is a slow beast that needs to be coaxed.
Philosophers need to get good at plotting.
Virginia Wolfe’s essays
What’s the difference between working in the university vs. doing it in college?
- None really
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