Posted by The Happy Tutor
Moral and political theory is not science, and it is not likely that Locke was "superceded" by Heidegger as was Ptolomey by Gallileo. Who has superceded Diogenes? What has superceded the Talmud? The Sermon on the Mount, maybe? But can we speak here of progress or rather of the successive illuminations of a single moral tradition?
The deeper the thinker the deeper the animosity for those who cannot be taken into his or her tradition. Consider Nietzsche's scorn for both Jesus and Socrates. Do you think he saw himself as part of the Socratic and Christian tradition of the Enlightenment, leading to JS Mill? He had the depth to know that certain wars are eternal, the eternal return, they can never be won, nor lost. We can be faithful, however, and bear witness, keeping alive, if only in a Dumpster the living seeds from the dead tree.
Ludicrous isn't it? I agree; I am just making a Fool of myself; and have studied long and hard at Clown School, wishing only that I were more foolish still.