Monday, February 17, 2014
Insights on Philosophy
The love of wisdom.
Wisdom over the millenia has been personified as a woman, both by the Greeks (remember the goddess Athena) and by Hebrew scripture in Proverbs and the apocryphal book Wisdom of Solomon.
Jesus himself used Wisdom as a mother when he is quoted in both Mathew 11:19 and Luke 7:35 with the phrase "Wisdom is proved right by all her children."
The miss-used and misunderstood verses of Proverbs 31, are meant to show the embodiment of wisdom; a trait to be emulated by men as well as women--not some over-worked, co-dependent housewife. (A strong woman, who can find her...)
Look at the early writings of Augustine and his striving to love and embrace Wisdom.
Look at the writings of Boethus and his book, The Consolation of Philosophy.
Why is it that we can't seem to see this embodiment in real life?
Can we learn to see wisdom embodied by intelligent, wise and strong women, as well as men? Can we admire and emulate the women who study philosophy?
Or do we wish to keep wisdom an exalted abstract meant to attract men and alienate women?
Philosophy is a discipline that should love women but doesn't, and it should.
So what do we do to change that?