The mystery of the millionaire metaphysician
Fascinating read. Thank you for posting. I was a student of philosophy once myself and took away from it in addition to respect for well-trained thinkers, a similar ruffled kerchief concerning the exclusivity of the established philosophical elite. I felt at the time, as the author of the 60-page treatise in question, an enjoyment for imaginative and admittedly amateur noodlings into metaphysics whose wings were clipped by clear and sometimes laborious logical arguments. It comes down in the end for many amateurs to a question of being thorough and rigid or of finding enjoyment and enlightenment in your own musings. I for one, flirted with falling into the category the article describes as amateur philosophers conjuring perceived truths along their descent into paranoia and madness. The film A Beautiful Mind sums up this type of ego-driven metaphysical pondering. I humbly abandoned the stack of marble composition books I madly filled during my student days.