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Thinking about ThinkingWhat Kind of Conversation is Philosophy?$
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Adriaan T. Peperzak

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240173

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240173.001.0001

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Philosophy versus Faith?

Philosophy versus Faith?

For Giovanni Ferretti

(p.106) Seven Philosophy versus Faith?
Thinking about Thinking

Adriaan T. Peperazak

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on two leading powers of thought and life and asks to what extent they influence or even determine the philosophy that emerges from the thinker's life. Provisionally, one can indicate those powers by using the traditional pair of reason and faith, but in order to set the stageon which they meet, some additional remarks about the interaction between philosophy and life seem useful. Between osmosis (“a philosopher's entire life is markedly philosophical in all its dimensions”) and separation (“consider your philosophy a business that must be performed from nine to five, after which you can enjoy your real life”), there are other more realistic varieties of a philosopher's existence. The chapter also explores doxa and ethos in relation to faith.

Keywords:   thought, life, philosophy, ethos, faith, reason, doxa, osmosis, separation

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