Monday, January 4, 2016

Leonard Peikoff on Role of Philosophy in History

"Philosophy is not the only cause of the course of the centuries. It is the ultimate cause, the cause of all the other causes. If there is to be an explanation of so vast a sum as human history, which involves all men in all fields, only the science dealing with the widest abstractions can provide it. The reason is that only the widest abstractions can integrate all those fields…..
…..In order to grasp the role of philosophy in history, one must be able to think philosophically, i.e., see the forest. Whoever sees it knows that history is not the domain of accident."

(Source- 'Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand', Chapter - 'The Duel Between Plato and Aristotle', Page 452) 

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