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[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 4. Aims of Philosophy / d. Philosophy as puzzles]

Full Idea

I claim that philosophy begins in disappointment, and there are two forms of disappointment that interest me: religious and political disappointment

Gist of Idea

Philosophy begins in disappointment, notably in religion and politics

Source

Simon Critchley (Impossible Objects: interviews [2012], 2)

A Reaction

You are only disappointed by reality if you expected something better. To be disappointed by the failures of religion strikes me as rather old-fashioned, which Critchley sort of admits. Given the size and tumult of modern states, politics isn't promising.

Book Reference

Critchley,Simon: 'Impossible Objects: interviews' [Politty 2012], p.31