IDEOLOGIES: The Consolations of Philosophy

While individually we contribute little or nothing to the truth, by the union of all a considerable amount is amassed.

—Aristotle.

Last week, 700 professional philosophers from 25 countries assembled in Amsterdam to amass what truth they could. The occasion was the tenth International Congress of Philosophy, which met in the fern-draped auditorium of Amsterdam University. Its theme: Man, Mankind and (driving home the point) Humanity.

The sages heard discussions of such topics as the Problem of the Person in Hinayana Buddhism, the Trivialization of Mathematical Logic, Entic Parallelism, and a Practical Philosophy of Cosmic Energy. Then Czechoslovakia's Arnost Kolman (who spent...

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