Michael Sandel, Justice, (Philosophy’s Irony)

“There’s an irony [in philosophy.] The difficulty… consists in the fact that it teaches what you already know. It works by taking what we know from familiar, unquestioned settings and making it strange… Philosophy estranges us from the familiar, not by supplying new information, but by inviting and provoking a new way of seeing, but… once the familiar turns strange, it’s never quite the same again. Self-knowledge is like lost innocence, however unsettling you find it; it can never be unthought or unknown…”

Full Lecture Series: http://www.justiceharvard.org/


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