Philosophy as stupendous, long-running pissing contest

(pissing contest). I refer to the machismo and pride of the philosopher in trying to undermine another’s philosophical construction and erect another in its place; the enormous sham rooted in the Opedial complex. Every philosopher desires to bury his predecessor; every philosopher wishes to make a name for himself; every philosopher wants to be held in higher esteem than his peers; every philosopher seeks the authority of God.

Socrates reveled with pride upon being announced the wisest man in Athens; his public humility was a pretence like that of the Christian. He desires nothing more than the self-righteousness of ‘being in the right’. His rich, young followers recognised Socrates’ game of puffing himself up by humiliating others through dialectic. Socrates had no qualms about becoming an idol to these men.

We’ve had Aristotle trying to outgun Plato, rationalists compete with empiricists, aesthetes against ethicists, metaphysics + science (science as outgrowth of theology) versus science + metaphysics (naturalistic philosophy), and recently we’ve had linguists, post-structuralists and post-modernists who have tried their best to wipe them all out.

This characterisation of the motivation of philosophers is highly offensive; however offensiveness is often a criterion of truth.

Granted, there are some ‘professional philosophers’ who have detached themselves from status-seeking in the philosophical playground, but these men rather compete in a scholasticism which takes no serious personal interest in its subject matter.

A real philosopher is one who is first a philosopher inwardly.

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