“As Aristotle observed, a philosopher’s power lies not in discovering the new, as do scientists, or offering the unexpected, as artists do. Philosophers take the trivial, turn again to supposedly self-evident certainties, thereby revealing their merely dormant validity. The point is that life is suffering, yet we all live as if it were not. The basic truths are always simple and hidden out in the open, unrecognizable as answered questions, shut cases settled disputes.
The philosopher is the most dangerous member of society, at least according to Nietzsche, because he stirs up what has been put to rest in order to ensure a functioning society.”

-Wolfgang Schirmacher in the Introduction of The Essential Schopenhauer.

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