Rev. Jacek Grzybowski: Astonishment, anger, community – the sources of European political philosophy
Astonishment, anger, community – the sources of European political philosophy REV. JACEK GRZYBOWSKI Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw (CSWU) The Faculty of Christian Philosophy Mythic narratives and the courage of questions Many historians of philosophy wonder when and how philosophical thought began. How did this genius which changed the face of Western civilization in an unprecedented way ever come to be? Countless analyses and monographs have been devoted to the subject. But in spite of this profusion of commen- taries, interpretations and controversies one thing remains indisputable – phi- losophy begins with questioning. Questions were what opened up the road to the intellectual journey which led the Greeks to Logos, to demythologized rationality that radically altered the way in which the world was perceived and understood. Discursive thought, especially the longing for a rational an- swer to the most fundamental of questions, the singular courage of the logos that wants to embrace” or „the singular courage of the logos, the deisre to embrace the world in an intelligible conception, is what distinguished the Greeks from all other contemporary civilizations. Władysław Stróżewski is right to have remarked that philosophy begins with astonishment buried deep within the soul, astonishment at the world, at its “being”, and with an unques- tionable, and compelling, widely felt “to be”, which requires a response . A world that causes a distinctive type of cognitive disquiet, concealed within the troubling question about the “not-I”, the “something” that lies beyond me and demands explanation.1 The history of...
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