Just wondering: Has anyone else recently had an interview for philosophy at Cambridge? Mine was at King's. How did it go? What did you think of the test?
Mine was at Clare. See my thread.
Its a good question.
One famous geezer said that philosophy is at once the most sublime and most futile of human activities.
Philosophical discourse in its most theoretical often has a strongly egotistical and self indulgent element to it. Espeically moral philosophy where the questions say concerning meta-ethics become so abstract that they have absolutely nothing to do with real life, yet give the person reflecting some feeling that they are doing it for a greater Cause. This in my opinion often lapses into an acute sense of elitism.
For me the joy and beauty of philosophy is its potential to unmuddle things. It is so broad and by its nature connected to the fundamentals of things that one can get a great deal out of using it by employing it in literatrue, art in general, politics, society and just life. I find this fun, and I get a great amount of enjoyment!
Yet I am uncomfortable with the idea that philosphy is elevated somehow beyond other disciplines because of this romantic idea that it is a quest for absolutes and Universal truths and that its good is manifest in the world. It takes a certain amount of privelage to be in a position where one can enter into deepest philosophical theorizing for one's whole life, say in academia. This fact can easily be forgotten and thus one can find themself being a smug, elitist ******* bit like Plato in his Philosopher state.
Sorry about this, not really in the same vain as the thread in general.
edit-i am talking rubbish and didnt actually bother reading what you said properly..going to bed now
-aristotles views on eudaimonia are similar but obv not the same-