01 June, 2010

Philosophers and Philosophy

Steve Pyke has some stunning pictures of recent and contemporary philosophers, here, along with short comments on what philosophy is or means to them.

Jurgen Habermas, who points out the dangers of inquiry, confidence, and even truth:

"The future of the enlightenment, what might it consist in? We ought to succeed in showing how, within a predicament that is leaving ever narrower room for action, we are yet assuming responsibility for actions whose consequences are growing even longer and less easily surveyable. Moreover, we ought to be capable of showing this while at the same time being hesitant in the awareness of the danger that, as Benjamin knew, threatens even from the successes enjoyed in working together with a shared purpose."