Philosophy & Civilization

Here/Somewhere/Nowhere/Everywhere/There

When we discover that there are several cultures instead of just one and consequently at the time when we acknowledge the end of a sort of cultural monopoly, be it illusory or real, we are threatened with the destruction of our own discovery. Suddenly it becomes possible that there are just others, that we ourselves are an ‘other’ among others. All meaning and every goal having disappeared, it becomes possible to wander through civilisations as if through vestiges and ruins. The whole of mankind becomes an imaginary museum: where shall we go this weekend–visit the Angkor ruins or take a stroll in Tivoli of Copenhagen?

-Paul Ricouer, “Civilisations and National Cultures,” in his History and Truth.

My dabbling in Ricouer owes itself to a former professor in philosophy. But when I took his class I knew nothing of the other worlds philosophy could open. I thought, quite narrowly and arrogantly…

View original post 79 altre parole

2 pensieri su “Philosophy & Civilization

Lascia un commento

Inserisci i tuoi dati qui sotto o clicca su un'icona per effettuare l'accesso:

Logo WordPress.com

Stai commentando usando il tuo account WordPress.com. Chiudi sessione / Modifica )

Foto Twitter

Stai commentando usando il tuo account Twitter. Chiudi sessione / Modifica )

Foto di Facebook

Stai commentando usando il tuo account Facebook. Chiudi sessione / Modifica )

Google+ photo

Stai commentando usando il tuo account Google+. Chiudi sessione / Modifica )

Connessione a %s...