Why Study Philosophy? Clancy Martin and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s Answer

I loved this review by Clancy Martin of the book by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away” at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/04/playing-with-plato/358633/

It contains two really good quotes that I would focus on, though reading the whole article would be good too

Søren Kierkegaard observed:

Whatever the one generation may learn from the other, that which is genuinely human no generation learns from the foregoing … Thus, no generation has learned from another to love, no generation begins at any other point than at the beginning, no generation has a shorter task assigned to it than had the previous generation.

And Clancy Martin concludes the article:

Another way to put it might be that every generation, the grand forward push of human knowledge requires each of us to begin by trying to think independently, to recognize that knowledge is more than information, to see that we are moral beings who must closely interrogate both ourselves and the world we inhabit—to live, as Socrates recommended, an examined life.

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I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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