I have to say, one of the most engaging recommendations that WordPress has awarded me in the last few months has been the blogs over at Grand Strategy. Very intriguing & full of real thinking.
- Philosophy of History in Our Time, Revisited (keithwaynebrown.com)
- The Leisure to be Your Own Self (keithwaynebrown.com)
- Karl Jaspers, Arnold Toynbee and Eric Voegelin on the Axis of Time (disquietreservations.blogspot.com)
It is rare for a philosopher to have much influence over the popular mind, although it does happen occasionally. I have previously mentioned how Kuhn’s conception of a paradigm shift has been widely adopted (Philosophy of Science in the FT). Another rare borrowing is the idea of an “Axial Age.” This goes back to Karl Jaspers book, The Origin and Goal of History, although the same idea and even the same term was introduced about the same time by Louis Mumford.
Jaspers is a genuine philosopher (I mentioned him a few days ago in The Atomic Age Turns 65) and thus commands our respect. (And, yes, if you’re wondering, there are fake philosophers who command the approbation of the public but who have few if any genuine ideas of their own.) Since the idea of an Axial Age comes out of Jaspers, and…
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