Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn


The concept of Mujtahid, from Islam, is a useful one to help us understand the role that value-philosophers (particularly but not exclusively trailblazers) should take on themselves to play in society. Similar scholarly and behavioural/character traits should be present, mixed as well with aspects of being a prophet/lawgiver. Appropriately secularised and with a greater emphasis on creativity and the risks of opposing existing social order (whether entering into the field of law (practically or theoretically) or focusing on matters of compatible value or not), it is appropriate to say that this type of philosopher should hold themself to that level of standard.

I am not certain if the Shi'a term of Marjah applies as well by analogy, but it is also informative.

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