The two loves of my life: coffee and books. Put them together and what do you get? A simpleton arranged philosopher-wise, of course! I am a graduate student in philosophy at Cornell University. When I’m not being romanced by Lady Philosophy, I’m making custom wrestling action figures and accessories.
Philosophy means “love of wisdom.” Etymologically, then, philosophy is a form of love. A philosopher is someone who lives out a love of truth. Those who think that philosophy must lead to skepticism seem to think that love of truth must be disappointed (or at least the love of nonskeptical truth must be). But why believe this if you have not yet found it to be so? Those who think that philosophy must begin with skepticism seem to think that you can only love what you do not believe you have…If you do not have what you love, your love takes the form of desire. If you do have what you love, your love is still desire—but to desire what you have is just to enjoy it. If you lack what you love, you seek it. If you have what you love, you revel in it. You look at it again and again more and more closely. You try to grasp it ever more deeply. You savor the familiar parts and relish each new facet that shows itself. What could be more natural? This, I think, is why Christian faith…naturally leads to philosophy. A Christian philosopher lives out a love of Christian truth.
—Brian Leftow, “From Jerusalem to Athens”
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