|Utopia, Sedition, and The End
||[Aug. 23rd, 2007|09:07 am]
♠Anti Philosophy♠ - Against Philosophy
From the beginning of western philosophy, that of Socrates in Plato, we see that philosophy has a center on the battle between culture and the movement towards "the good" as counter-culture. Socrates trial and sentence for sedition was because he was teaching young men to think and bring about a new culture, a culture judged to be superior by its sheer impetus in seeking "the good" as better than the historical and so in opposition to tradition and those who had garnered traditional power. This moment of counter-culture becoming culture, which it always must become, is then in time the target for a new philosophical attack. We can only see such action over time to be centered in a paradox. |
For anti-philosophy, we might only take notice that we can only become aware of such a situation even if it is impossible to transcend it. Of the link between rebellion and revolution. Of living in a time that will become seen as a culture in history by reflection of our acts and moments in change. The end is that there is no end. The paradox is that philosophy must continually turn against itself in history. And only by conjuring up "anti-philosophy" are we made aware of its plight.
Sophocles gives us a different warning with Oedipus Rex. That the play opens at its tragic end with Oedipus hung by his ankles, and with Oedipus being able to be roughly translated as "know foot", we see our philosopher, with his ability to know where to step into the future, hung against fate. Aye, he can answer the riddle of the Sphinx, and knows a bit of his fate, yet he cannot recognize mother and father and so cannot escape a certain tragedy, the urging of a blind will which in the end binds up and overturns even the most knowledgeable of men. In another story, Sisyphus would walk on despite the end, looking back imagining he is seen.