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- The author: "What happened to my childlike love affair with questions?" (p. 41).
- Quoting Roger Scruton: "Science can't address the 'why' of its subjects. This is the domain of philosophy. ... There cannot be a scientific examination of personhood or the beautiful or the good life" (p. 42).
- Woman who works at the café: "I think that only by examining your life in every way possible can you be said to be examining your life philosophically" (p. 43).
- Quoting René Descartes: "I think, therefore I am" (p. 44).
- The author: "But everyone, whether he or she realizes it or not, or has articulated it or not, has a philosophy of life, and of place. ... every action we take, every move we make ... reflects in some way our worldview and our worldplace" (p. 45).
I've often characterized Socrates Café as a "church service for heretics," a place where we all feel comfortable challenging our respective dogmas.That seems like a great idea to me. And just below that, the author gives us a clue to his understanding of the Socratic dialogue (p. 49).
I think the Socratic way of inquiring is a paradigm of communication that calls on all participants in a dialogue to participate fully, and in an egalitarian way. And it requires that participants help one another articulate and then examine their perspectives, as well as the implications for society of these perspectives, and the assumptions within these perspectives.
- What is wisdom?
- What makes a person wise?
- Do our emotions ever hold us in mental prisons?
- What else did you get from this chapter?
"I sought myself."