The Doctor of Philosophy

 

Now what did monks in the 11th century do when not making fine brandies?

Monks meditate, navel-gaze, step ‘Backward’, go ‘Inward’.

When was the last time your Philosophy Professor suggested a moment’s quiet breathing before discussing the ‘Meaning of Meaning’? Ten minutes of Formal Meditation preceding John Rawls?

You can do a Doctorate in Philosophy today in the best universities without ever raising the question of the ‘Subject’ doing the Inquiry.

If you suggest that it may be relevant, the Professor will likely take you aside and suggest that you might be better suited for Art History.

 


The word Pundit [Puṇḍita], a scholar, learned teacher, has its roots in the first Vedic texts. The English word ‘Professor’ derives from the medieval Latin Prō-fitērīTo acknowledge, confess, avow a religious order’. It’s origins are monastic.

Unlike its ancestor the monastery, every subject taught at a modern university begins with implicit, mostly unstated ‘First Principles’ [Latin: ‘Principium‘; a beginning point, same as ‘Axiom’].

They range from the thoughtful to the fearlessly flippant. Most Inquiry however cheerfully begins well-past all ‘First Principles’.

[The professors are unlikely to remember what they are; ask the lady at the front-desk for the ‘First Principles List’ and wreck her day.]

All ‘First Principles’ however, carry legitimacy only when mounted on the critically important ‘First Presumption’ that there is an ‘Independent and Separate Observer, Self, Subject’.

Contemporary education is largely a compilation of Modeled-Views.

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