Posted by: Jennie Pollock | February 19, 2011

Plumbing the depths of philosophy

An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent philosopher. The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
                     John Gardner


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  1. A plumber, whether good or bad, knows that water in an open system will always rise to an equal level throughout. The question in my mind is can the philosophers of this world tell whether philosophy causes an open society to rise, or to sink, to an equal level?


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