The First Philosophers
The story behind this is that in replying to some interesting comments on my book on the philosophy of history, What Went Right?, I had linked to a Classical Wisdom article on the Seven Sages of Ancient Greece. This drew the attention of Classical Wisdom’s Anya Leonard, and it turns out we have a mutual friend, who brought us into contact.
The podcast below is the first time I have really set out to explain my philosophy of history to a general audience, and we end up covering a lot of other ground. I like Anya’s suggestion that we elevate the reputation of the “Pre-Socratics,” making them more than just a footnote to Socrates by re-naming them the First Philosophers.
I would particularly direct your attention to the last segment, starting at about 39 minutes, when I talk about two things I think we can learn from the ancient Greeks. First, I argue that we should follow the Greeks in using philosophy as a broad term for a “love of wisdom” that encompasses all fields of knowledge. We should all be, to some extent, philosopher-scientists like the First Philosophers. Second, I argue that we should learn from the way the Greeks viewed philosophy, not just as a field of abstract thought, but as a way of living.