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Philosophy, At Its Very Core, Is Emotional.

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Posted by Luis Hamburgh on May 8, 2002 17:41:04 UTC

Harv,

Regardless what you think of my (lack of) scientific knowledge or philosophical capacity, I think it's fair to tell you my strongest talent lies in music. I'm saying this so that you might grant my opinion on this issue some added weight:

"Philosophy isn't trying to entertain like musicians and artists."

Music is not primarily a means to entertain others. Of course, I'm talking about music itself and not how it's commonly used (or thought of) today. But think about it -- philosophy is frequently used to entertain others too. Yet, just like music, philosophy is something much deeper than merely a form of entertainment.

At its core music is an expression of emotion. It's not entirely unusual at all for a musician to say he does his best stuff when he's alone. Also, I should add, most musicians are really only concerned with the opinions of other musicians. The mass-entertainment aspect comes into play when music is used to make a living.

Think about the music/philosophy parallel: Brittany Spears, not exactly the world's most astute musician, makes money by entertaining others with her music. Rush Limbaugh, not exactly the world's most astute philosopher, makes money by entertaining others with his philosophy.

I see a strong argument in Aurino's assessment.

-LH

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