Philosophy: the emergency kit



I was asked to do a small seminar about the relationship between philosophy and religion throughout history. Not a small task, I decided to go very simple and schematic, knowing that my audience is made of people who are not familiar with philosophy. Therefore I divided the session into 4 parts:

  • The ancient Greek philosophy: the turning point was that philosophy started as a rational thinking to explain everything, instead of relying on religion that offers an irrational explanation of the world
  • The Christian era until the end of the Middle age: here philosophy was the spoke person of religion
  • Modernity until the beginning of the 20th century: a separation between religion and philosophy. Philosophy as the big critic of religion and religiosity
  • 20th century until now: Post-modernity is a difficult time where everything is exaggerated. On one hand there is pure reason, science and philosophy and on the other hand, there is religion as an identity crisis.

I believe that the main aim of philosophy nowadays is to give religion what it deserves by cleaning it from all forms of religiosity and fanatisme, by undermining the political power of it, and saving spirituality. This world needs spirituality in its large meaning, as much as it needs nicer people, more humans and humanists from all sides. 095


2 thoughts on “Philosophy: the emergency kit

  1. Noteworty: The concept of the LOGOS was developed by Greek philosophers; then picked up by the Hebrews when they wrote the Septuagint in Alexandria – the 70 writers were all educated in the Greek philosophy and literature and keen to bolster up their stuff with Greek ideas – and from there it made its way into Christianity. (The claim that the Septuagint is a translation is false as there is no single source document.)

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  2. In a strict sense of the word, “rational” thinking is fundamental to both religious and philosophical schools of thought. Our very neurology has its own distinct reason (reason defined as “a cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event”), and both religious and philosophical modes of intellectually engaging with life are done so via this universal reason. So it follows that both religious and philosophical thought, being of the same origin, have never and can never really split and believing otherwise can be nothing more than a (collective and extended) thought experiment… *cue Twilight Zone music* 😛

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