Why cannabis and philosophy ⇒ Dale Jacquette on TPM

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“The fact is surprising, when you think about it. Why have philosophers not had more to say about the phenomenology and social, political, legal, economic, and medical aspects of cannabis? Plato wrote his dialogue Symposium about an after-theatre drinking party in ancient Athens, where Socrates and his friends discourse about the nature of love. But no one in almost two thousand five hundred years of Western philosophy has had much if anything to say about getting high. …”

Dale Jacquette‘s bit ironic and curious question about the philosophical aspects of cannabis. He talk lot about his book on this topic. Read the post cannabis and philosophy oThe Philosophers Magazine  

“The gratification of which I speak is already known to many from first-hand experience. The philosophical challenge is to try to put the experience into words in a descriptive psychology or phenomenology. What is it like to be high? How is the sensation of being high on cannabis different from normal straight consciousness? It is expedient but philosophically unhelpful to reply, “get high and find out”. There is a great difference between, on the one hand, having an experience and knowing firsthand what the words for such experiences attempt to name and describe, and on the other, understanding the internal structures and qualitative aspects of such experiences as phenomenology described by expert investigators. The phenomenology of getting high should be no different in this regard than that of pain or perception. We must nevertheless turn to poets like Baudelaire, Allen Ginsberg, and Paul Bowles for insights where philosophers have dared to say so little. One might conclude they have never actually heard of the stuff.”

“I went instinctively for the cannabis volume, again for a variety of reasons. I drink only a daily espresso and an occasional macchiato, and I’m no gourmand of coffee generally, so I could not get particularly excited about the first choice. The same for chocolate, much as I love the stuff, which I am trying more and more to avoid when I can possibly help it, and when my resolve is not overruled by my natural inclination toward runaway weakness of will. With the legal drugs, caffeine and anandamide, having gone by the board, the latter psychoactive substance found in chocolate, incidentally, and also manufactured by the brain as an endogenous cannabinoid, the process of elimination left only the fragrant cane, as social chronicler Martin Booth brilliantly refers to it in his admirable study, Cannabis: A History. I understood at once that if any of these three books was going to reach an audience for philosophy outside the lecture hall, and make a little money besides, it would undoubtedly be a book on dope.”

Read more at: cannabis and philosophy in article section on The Philosophers Magazine 

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