Philosophy Begins in Disappointment

From Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance by the English philosopher Simon Critchley:

Philosophy does not begin in an experience of wonder, as ancient tradition contends, but rather, I think, with the indeterminate but palpable sense that something desired has not been fulfilled, that a fantastic effort has failed. Philosophy begins in disappointment. Although there might well be precursors, I see this as a specifically modern conception.

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