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are you familiar with this book? Other than noticing it at Eastern APA last winter and thinking it looked interesting, I can say nothing about it, but it sounds like it might be of some interest to you. (People on Amazon are skeptical, but I'm not sure that is of much epistemic value on its own.)

Eric Schliesser

What book?


Hmm, link didn't go in, I guess. I'd meant this one:


Vasilis Politis

I am new to this discussion, and can't immediately get it into focus.
Am I right in thinking there are different questions here, or at least they seem quite different on the face of it?
There is the question of the limits of the philosophical life, especially in relation to the religious life (as with the reference to parts of Christianity and Al-Ghazali).
And then the question you start off with, that of academic distortion of other traditions in the name of academic philosophy.
What's the connection?
And then there the question of Platonism and whether it is exclusive - a pet subject of mine I confess.
I don't want to deny that Platonism may be exclusive - may exclude other conceptions of philosophy or a non-philosophical life.
But the question is 'how'.
I don't think, by identifying the philosophical life with the life of reason; as, for Plato, there is an irrational, erotic and even mad source of philosophy.

Eric Schliesser

Yes, there are different issues here (although I hope they are connected). Here's one connection: the distortions even displacements/effacements of other traditions by philosophy generate rejections of philosophy. (That's not the only ground of rejection of philosophy.)
I think the question how Platonism (and traditions inspired by it) excludes others is a tricky one. In the post I note two strategies: (i) the opposition to Sophism; (ii) the opposition to the rustic. I think (i) is rejected because it is not oriented toward truth/good; (ii) is rejected, well, not entirely clear how. I agree that it is not done by identifying the philosophical life with the life of reason.

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