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According to the late F. C. S. Schiller, the greatest obstacle to fruitful
discussion in philosophy is "the curious etiquette which apparently taboos
the asking of questions about a philosopher's meaning while he is alive."
The "interminable controversies which fill the histories of philosophy," he
goes on to say, "could have been ended at once by asking the living
philosophers a few searching questions."
The confident optimism of this last remark undoubtedly goes too far.
Living thinkers have often been asked "a few searching questions," but
their answers have not stopped "interminable controversies" about their
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clarity of understanding than is now often the case, if more such searching
questions had been directed to great thinkers while they were still alive.
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