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Middle Way Philosophy

Jan Smuts and Holism

I’ve just come across an excellent video clip for illustrating how easily an abstract metaphysical idea can be manipulated for almost any end (see link). In this case it serves a political end in supporting the dominance of one racial group over another. The term ‘holism’, like that of ‘nature’, is so vague that its connotation of ‘everything’ can be applied easily to support anything.

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About Robert M Ellis

I am an independent philosopher, with a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and a distance tutor in Critical Thinking, Philosophy and Politics. I also have experience of Buddhist practice. I developed Middle Way Philosophy to apply what I see as the central insights of Buddhism in an entirely Western context.

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