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March 31, 2022 2 min read

philosophy superiority complex


In fact, philosophy today no longer produces any groundbreaking achievements. Perhaps it does not even fertilize other disciplines anymore. In overlapping with a socio-economic analysis it may still be of importance, but thereby the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and economics, as well as pop culture, already dominate, which can then probably only be subsumed under "philosophy" for the sake of simplicity. I am of course thinking of Slavoj Žižek as the most famous living philosopher of our time.

So where does this overestimation of philosophy as a discipline come from? It no longer has the claim to be able to explain "everything" and to present a coherent system for it. Regarding this we are still working on Hegel and his materialistic interpreters. However, returning to the initial question: the history of philosophy may be long and full of meaningful caesuras and great anecdotes. The "pondering" of the "great thinkers" may be an intellectual exercise, but so is meditation.

The question of the origin of the superiority complex is, in my view, a defensive reaction to the narcissistic slights that philosophers have experienced since their existence. These add up to this day and manifest themselves in a defense mechanism of mirroring: if I am supposedly good for nothing, and society so mockingly tries to spread exactly this alleged fact, then in truth I am the most useful person after all if I become a philosopher. This sounds more childish than it is, because many professions are actually taken up out of spite. It may be towards parents or society or out of the illusion of wanting to "do better". In this way, for example, one can also become a banker or a politician.

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