Wolfgang Smith

Metaphysics and the Quest for Truth

Wolfgang Smith on Metaphysics

“Since the beginning of modern times, metaphysics has been viewed as an academic discipline, to be pursued at universities; and it is of no interest to note that, as such, its standing and prestige in the educated world has steadily declined, to the point where many nowadays deny its philosophic legitimacy. Yet I contend that the metaphysical quest pertains by right, not to the artificial environment of the contemporary university, but to human life, human existence in its untruncated reality. In plain words: it springs from man’s innate thirst for truth, which is none other than the thirst for God, who nowadays ‘is not mentioned in polite society’ as Ananda Coomaraswamy reminds us. Metaphysics is therefore something that concerns each of us by virtue of the fact that we are human, which is to say, ‘made in the image and likeness of God.’ It is indeed a case of ‘noblesse oblige’: so far from reducing to a mere academic discipline – to be pursued by ‘professionals,’ notably recipients of a doctorate in philosophy – metaphysics constitutes an activity of the mind and heart which, in principle, all are not only entitled, but are, in a way, called.”

Wolfgang Smith, Science & Myth, Pg. 201

– Lucas G. Westman

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