Advice to Young Philosophers

When you’re engaging “your” philosopher, doubt will not quicken your understanding.  But you should doubt, because you will doubt; and when you do, the more you’ve given and hoped on this philosopher, the dizzier and sicker you’ll feel.

When doubts come, those who never practiced doubting will cling slavishly, stupidly.  They’ll dispair, as though the failure of a philosopher were the failure of philosophy.

Your philosopher is a little raft.  Surely the winds will push it away.  Such a little raft, irretrievably into the yellow-green west.  Therefore, learn to swim.

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