Human Affairs 31 (4):429-438 (2021)

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Brylea Hollinshead
University of Canterbury
Michael-John Turp
University of Canterbury
Abstract
Books and journal articles have become the dominant modes of presentation in contemporary philosophy. This historically contingent paradigm prioritises textual expression and assumes a distinction between philosophical practice and its presented product. Using Socrates and Diogenes as exemplars, we challenge the presumed supremacy of the text and defend the importance of ways of life as modes of practiced presentation. We argue that text cannot capture the embodied activity of philosophy without remainder, and is therefore limited and incomplete. In particular, we contend that a static text is essentially alienated from our practices of philosophising, words cannot unambiguously represent lives, and practiced presentation enriches our understanding beyond words alone. After discussing some pedagogical implications, we conclude with a plea for a pluralistic approach that recognises lives as legitimate and valuable modes of philosophical presentation.
Keywords Philosophical Presentation  Philosophy as a Way of Life  Metaphilosophy  Teaching Philosophy  Socrates  Diogenes
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DOI 10.1515/humaff-2021-0037
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