In my opinion, the greatest philosopher who ever existed was Aristotle. My favourite aspects of his philosophical teachings were those about engaging and developing the intellectual virtues.
The intellectual virtues aren't just used to understand mathematics and science but, also to understand the nature of morality, religion, economics, and politics.
Basically, if you want to know the world, you need to practice the intellectual virtues.
If Aristotle was alive today, he would be ashamed of what has happened to the western world, especially what has happened to political discourse in academia.
The problem with university is the charlatans, the intellectuals, who want power they don’t have.
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