Shayne Wissler
“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek proverb

Will Durant’s “Philosophy and the Social Problem”

15 March 2015

Will Durant’s PhD thesis, Philosophy and the Social Problem (1917), is a very unique and valuable work.

A key theme of his, which I agree with, is that philosophy has lost its way:

And that is why [philosophers] are so hard to understand. Even so subtle a thinker as Santayana finds them too difficult, and abandons them in righteous indignation. There is no worse confounding of confusion than self-deception: let a man be ho…