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The reader is alerted to such charlatans, knowing that such people will never make good leaders. See the people’s misrepresentatives: Maik Nwosu’s ‘The Honourable Fartheads’ Maik Nwosu’s short story, ‘The Honourable Fart- The above illustrations serve as evidence that the imaginative writer can assume the role of the political philosopher by engaging in critical evaluation of our existing and possible forms of political arrange33 Literature as philosophy heads’ (Nwosu 1997), is a commentary on the corrupt practices of Members of Parliament who do not understand the concept of responsive and accountable government nor accept the need to act as the people’s representatives.
For him, ‘man is by nature a political animal’1 and cannot live an isolated, self-suﬃcing life. A political community consists of diﬀerent sorts of people, performing, as sailors have to perform, tasks towards a common object, which is safety in navigation: ‘One citizen diﬀers from another, but the salvation of the community is the common business of them all’ (quoted in Ayer 1946: 161). The individual is as such a member of state and the state is by nature prior to the individual or the family.
If so, what is the place of mankind in the universe of the divine? ’ 21 Literature as philosophy Unrelated issues Philosophy and literature both probe the relation between things ordinarily not perceived as related. The philosopher, through sustained insight, can reconcile extreme concepts, such as appearance and reality, time and eternity, free will and determinism, freedom and responsibility. Kant, for instance, acted as a critical mediator between scepticism and dogmatism. He agreed with the empiricists that experience is the foundation of our knowledge, but pointed out that it does not follow that all knowledge arises out of experience.