Thursday, April 07, 2011
"Philosophy begins in wonder." This is how it is commonly put. But it does not do Plato's thought full justice. In expressing this sentiment Plato used the word thaumazein. It would be truer to Plato's insight to say tha philosophy begins in awe -- in the sense of awe at that which is beyond understanding and beyond language, but which we must even aspire to understand and ever labour to clothe in language -- that which is within us, which is our very reality, but which is ever beyond us, but which yet we will ever yearn for and must ever stretch out to reach -- only then are we what we are meant to be. This is the whole of metaphysical reality and is what metaphysics is all about.