There is a strange argument

There is a strange argument going about that one cannot be a philosopher if he has religious devotion. If this were true, we would never be able to figure out if an argument was philosophical by reading it. Give whatever argument you think is patently philosophical: all being is good, universals are found in mind as regards the-state-of-universality, etc. Are these arguments philosophical? Not if we would believe certain interpretations of the “Athens vs, Jerusalem” crowd- for some would have us believe that we have to interrogate the author as to his motivations- and then have to take him at his word over whether his argument was philosophical or not.


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