Moreover, Augustine does not attack social or political inequality per se, but rather the "pertinence of the distinction between the few and the many, the philosopher and nonphilosopher
, which is so central to Greek philosophy.
While honored, though, I do want to remind the nonphilosopher
reader that EoM is not a philosophy book, it's a psychology book, aimed at troubled, as well as curious, readers.
The philosopher must become nonphilosopher
so that nonphilosophy becomes the earth and people of philosophy" (What is Philosophy?
The Enlightenment moved early modern philosophy further away from classical thought by, in effect, eliminating the distinction between the philosopher and the nonphilosopher
Overall the text has proven very popular with this reviewer's postgraduate students, not the least because it is up to date, well researched, and importantly, accessible to the nonphilosopher
90 But here the following distinction should apply: though God appears in a superior way through philosophical thinking, a nonphilosopher
(like Jesus) can surpass the philosopher in moral behavior.
To see the problem, pretend that we are having a casual conversation about the French Riviera, when Stella, a nonphilosopher
who likes to drop names, says to us,
We might also consider that the narrative is a way of making the aim accessible and desirable to the nonphilosopher
The treatment of war, it should be said, is embedded in a philosophical discussion, some of which - though it is jargon-free and accessible to the diligent nonphilosopher
- will likely be of interest primarily to the philosophically inclined.
The anecdotal style often provides little explanation where the nonphilosopher
would need it.
In sum, Plato did not give us an edifying dialogue ending with the philosopher's victory over the nonphilosopher
20) Suffice it to say that for Strauss, this was in the best interests of the nonphilosopher