Cornel West on Philosophy

Some helpful words from Cornell West – though philosophy often lingers in the abstract, its value is in its connection  with the concrete.

“Philosophizing [should] be linked to existentially concrete situations, wrestling with decision, commitment, actualized possibility[,] realized potential..the suffering beings and the loving beings that we are and can be.”

Cornel West, “On My Intellectual Vocation”

On Originality

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. – C. S. Lewis