Philosophy is like ballet. Both place enormous value on form. In dance, it is the form or line of the body; in philosophy, it is the form of the argument. Both are obsessed with rules, be it rules of movement or rules of language. Both lack emotional depth: ballet appeals to the eye more than the heart, philosophy to reason. Finally, both involve pain and disappointment, for they both aim at ideals that are, for the most part, unattainable. Dancers aim to supersede anatomical limitations, leading to bloody toes and broken bones; philosophers doggedly search for solutions to impossible problems.
Barbara Gail Montero
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