Reflection 14 - WE NEED A NEW LANGUAGE FOR PHILOSOPHICAL PRACTICE
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"It seems to me that for us, philosophical practitioners, this should be disconcerting. If we want philo-sophia to be a living practice and a way of life, then are we sure that the project of statement-making is relevant for us? Can we take it for granted that the search for wisdom has much in common with the search for true statements?"
"I realize that I am suggesting here a fundamental revolution in our conception of what philosophizing is. Traditional philosophy has been modeled around statement-making kinds of discourse, and has focused almost exclusively on one single kind of philosophical understanding: understanding through statements-about. In order to develop a different discourse, based on different forms of understanding, we need tremendous creativity, visionary powers, and courage. And yet, if we wish philosophical practice to be different from statement-making, theory-constructing academic philosophy, then I believe we must embark on this ambitious project."