Primordial Light

It is that universal and primordial human experience of simple wonder at the being of things to which all true philosophy is ultimately answerable.

— David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss (2013, 129)

I have lately began to believe that ancient and medieval philosophies — virtue ethics, ontological idealism, and stuff — are very often better than modern philosophies. Like primordial people had just understood things more clearly. The thinkers of the modern age have buried all that revelation under their own thoughts — rather than accepting what the reality around them gives.

This was also the view of Frithjof Schuon, a founder of the Perennialist School, with whom I have at least indirectly disagreed in this one. But past weeks I have began to see the probable reason why he thought so, when I have read writings of an Eastern Orthodox scholar David Bentley Hart. For example, Hart’s defense of Aristotelian metaphysics is quite convincing.

Unfortunately, this does not help me at all with my doctoral thesis, which is very tied to analytic philosophy.

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