On ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Philosophy

Is there such a thing as ‘bad’ philosophy? For Plato, philosophein is simply the best possible human activity, the closest thing to the leisurely existence of the Greeks gods. For this reason, the practically-minded Sophists did not deserve the name ‘philosopher’ as they not only dishonoured but consciously betrayed the very aims of this most noble occupation. The opposite of philosophy or ‘love and pursuit of wisdom’ is ‘misosophy’ or ‘hatred of philosophy’, an oxymoron (or contradiction in terms) for ...