24 February 2011

To be astonished at nothing

"... nil admirari' – to be astonished at nothing. The mark of the true philosopher becomes not the capacity to see things as they are, and therefore to be awestruck by the fact of Being, but precisely the opposite, to keep cool in the face of existence, to systematise and clarify the world, so that it is re-presented as an object of knowledge. The role of the philosopher, as of the scientist, becomes to demystify." (The Master and His Emissary, Iain McGilchrist, 2009; page 178).

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