A Philosophers Mind: Palmer Thoughtlet-0002: The Nature of a Philosophers Mind
What drives us to philosophy? Philosophy is not something that everyone is interested in. The number of people interested in Philosophy I think is one of the signs of High Culture. It is a culture that asks itself about itself. Philosophers are those within the culture driven to ask more and more profound questions about ultimates. You can see that this happened in the Upanishads. It also happened in Greece with Aristotle and Plato and other “Pre-Socratics”. But the works of many philosophers and many seekers of truth as in the Upanishads is a sign of very high culture, and what you see in that is a large variety of answers to these ultimate questions. When that occurs then we spend centuries trying to sort out the alternatives that are offered to us. My question is how the whole society can become attuned to this level of philosophical creativity we see in the Upanishads and in the Greeks. This is very rare as we can see by looking at the history of philosophy. French Society today is undergoing that kind of transformation which leads to a large variety of thinkers with different insights vying with each other to express a deeper and deeper way of understanding the world. Other than that you tend to get isolated great figures in other periods of history where there is not so much variety production occurring. Thus my question is about the nature of the mind of society that produces a large variety of philosophical viewpoints. It is not the philosophers mind that is as interesting as the Social Mind that allows for and facilitates profound thought about ultimates. What is the nature of the Social Mind that makes us want to think philosophically in greater numbers than normally do. For one thing others must be interested in philosophy who are not philosophers. But I think there is something more at stake. I think it is an emergent event which occurs within society and that the variety of philosophy are the multiple views of that event, which I have called the Novum in earlier works.