We intend Concreteness as the Greek ‘phronesis’ or ‘sophia’ and as the Latin ‘prudentia’ or ‘sapientia’. For us, all these words refer to the notion of practical wisdom.
Many of the defamatory arguments usually leveled against philosophers regard their alleged vagueness and lack of CONCRETENESS. The comedy writer of ancient Athens, Aristophanes, in his play “The Clouds“, offers a sketch on Sokrates (Socrates). And he depicts him in a basket descending from the sky. Of course, it is an allusion to Sokrates being not in touch with earthly reality. But the accusation is patently false (as the two which caused Sokrates’ condemnation: impiety and corruption of youth). In fact, ours is a concrete philosophy.
Anyway, philosophy is made of words (see the WORDS section of this site). The point is that our words indicate actions. It is like books being springboards, but jumps being more important than diving boards. Equally, no good jump is possible without reliable starting posts.
As a consequence, CONCRETENESS is not a marginal offspring of the <CARE OF SELF> philosophy. It is a priority! The essence of life is coping with real problems. So, the best TRAINING for life is life itself. That is why we should pay attention to old people’s advices. Unfortunately, our societies tend to isolate the elders. These societies pursue financial objectives not <sapientia>. WISDOM (<PHRONESIS>) is counterproductive. For instance, any sage (<SOPHOS>) would suggest not to spend much money on clothing or make ups.
In conclusion, whoever chooses a philosophical approach, does become a role model of that very approach. Then, he should be able to reject any accusation of being clumsy and awkward.
This is Sokratiko’s way to interpret the notion of CONCRETENESS. Please continue to browse our list of philosophical TOPICS by clicking on the other entries of our list.