, Volume 25, Issue 1–2, pp 85–90 | Cite as

‘Philosophy is its own time comprehended in thought’



So much philosophy is so unavoidably guided by intuitions, and such intuitions are so formed by examples, and such examples must of necessity present so cropped and abstract a picture of an instance or event or decision, that, left to its traditional methods, philosophy might be ill-equipped on its own to answer a question about the true content of an historical ideal like ``autonomy'', or authenticity or ``leading a free life''. One needs to bring so many factors into play at once that one non-traditional but more promising path might be through reflection on the modern novel—or modern drama or poetry or film or even modern painting.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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