Bertrand russell, the philosophy of logical atomism we've associated that word philosophy with academic study that in its own way has gotten so far beyond the layman that if you read contemporary philosophy you've no clue, because it's almost become math. And it's odd that if you don't do that and you call yourself a philosopher that you always get 'homespun' attached to it.
From somewhere, back in my youth, heard prof say, 'manuel, when faced with a problem you do not understand, do any part of it you do understand, then look at it again.' he had been teaching me something he himself did not understand very well—something in math—but had taught me something far more important, a basic principle.
I had a feeling once about mathematics - that i saw it all. depth beyond depth was revealed to me - the byss and abyss. i saw - as one might see the transit of venus or even the lord mayor's show - a quantity passing through infinity and changing its sign from plus to minus. i saw exactly why it happened and why the tergiversation was inevitable but it was after dinner and i let it go.
And who can doubt that it will lead to the worst disorders when minds created free by god are compelled to submit slavishly to an outside will? When we are told to deny our senses and subject them to the whim of others? When people devoid of whatsoever competence are made judges over experts and are granted authority to treat them as they please? These are the novelties which are apt to bring about the ruin of commonwealths and the subversion of the state.