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Single Idea 19583

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 1. Philosophy]

Full Idea

All philosophy begins where philosophizing philosophises itself.

Gist of Idea

Philosophy only begins when it studies itself


Novalis (Logological Fragments I [1798], 79)

Book Reference

Novalis: 'Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Stoljar,M.M. [SUNY 1997], p.64

A Reaction

The modern trend for doing metaphilosophy strikes me as wholly admirable, though I suspect that the enemies of philosophy (who are legion) see it as a decadence.

Related Idea

Idea 19579 The history of philosophy is just experiments in how to do philosophy [Novalis]