File spoon-archives/nietzsche.archive/nietzsche_1998/nietzsche.9809, message 93


Date: Sun, 27 Sep 1998 18:40:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re:  "Seven Solitudes" = ?


Brian wrote:

> P.S. Sean: It's tragic that the market for humanities
> professorships is so grim that people who don't survive it
> (or decide not even to go to graduate school because it
> looks so competitive) develop such bitterness and
> resentment, as you clearly have.

> Best wishes in whatever job you've settled for. One can of
> course philosophize on the side, and achieve personal
> triumphs, even if one will never have enough time to be a
> good philosopher (and it is indeed time, more than talent).

So let's see now.  If one has a professorship, _that_ gives one time
to be a good philosopher?  Not in my experience; from what I've seen,
free time is not something professors have that much of.  I would think
that by your token the best philosophers would be the filthy rich,
the unemployed, and people who do temp jobs.  These are the pillars of
the philosophic establishment.  And you? 


-m


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