By the definition, Philosophy is a quest after wisdom, the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. How can it not have a value, unless we are trying to raise or have ignorant and uneducated society? Perhaps some philosophical dialogs do not always follow common sense, reach a conclusion or resolved a conflict; however, they do something more - they open one’s mind, challenge and change current believes and make a person evolve as an individual. Philosophers are experts in moving us forward, unleashing imagination, discussing controversial subjects and discovering new things. In my opinion, not only philosophy is an important part of college education, but also it should become an important part of everyone’s
Philosophy can break the taciturn response and force the seeker to question why he or she wants an answer from society instead of finding the answer within him or herself. It can hone one’s critical thinking skills and allow for a deeper inspection and understanding of the pedigrees of these desires. In addition, philosophy creates suspicion within those who choose to participate in this deeper level of thinking. In modern society, many aspects of life are accepted without question, simply because of what we are taught. For example, in science, gravity is taught as fact, while in reality it is actually just a theory - specificall... ... middle of paper ... ...al tendencies can assist one to understand the reactions we experience when we face the instances of betrayal and being lied to.
Things that can stop those motors of philosophy are dogmatism, absolutism, and relativism. But when there can still be conversational flow, the dogmatism, absolutism, and relativism are eliminated from the equation, then philosophizing and the Rational Discourse can continue. The point of philosophy is to continue learning, questioning, answering, and understanding everything within our existence, as philosophy itself is the basic need that humans have to accumulate answers to any questions they may have about life, continue pondering questions and answers to everything known and unknown within human life, and to try and understand answers and questions they may find while helping spread the word to those around them through language.
To understand why Socrates and other philosophers say that wisdom can only be acquired through philosophy, philosophy must first be defined and its connection to wisdom must be evaluated. According to Plato’s Republic, wisdom is the byproduct of the critical thinking that is necessary for philosophy. In this work, the general idea of the novel is that wisdom can only be acquired by those who study philosophy are willing to learn about the world around them in its entirety. Philosophy requires that a person is introspective and attempts to understand the foundations of the world and its functions through logic and reasoning. A philosopher seeks the answers to five fundamental questions of the world; they seek to
Aristotle agreed with Plato that knowledge is something that’s true and it must be justified. Their metaphysics caused us to think way beyond our nature and explore distinctive ways of viewing everything that exists and not exist in our presence. What defines philosophy? The Greek words “wisdom” and “love”, which seeks the quest for knowledge. Now, all these questions that we ask ourselves about life and the meaning of our existence is found in the minds of our most famous philosophers.
Though subjective, there are core ideals that unite the beliefs of all philosophy, such as the idea of the self. Philosophers arise not to answer questions, but to question the questions in order to find enlightenment. The search for self is a difficult journey as it is a heavily debated subject matter with no definite clarification. Ultimately, the most important question of philosophy is: “What makes you, you?” The studies of self relates to the fundamental assumptions of human nature. Every discussion about “life or death [in philosophy] talks about the physical body and the human consciousness” with relations to rationality or irrationality” (Velasquez, 51).
Also, take the time to examine the correct way of thinking philosophically and reading philosophy. No matter what your beliefs, understanding God and religion’s role in philosophy can take you far, as well as studying the meaning behind ethics and morality. Philosophy is the most powerful instrument that we have for evaluating the worth of our fundamental beliefs and for changing them for the better. Through philosophy we exert control over the trajectory of our lives, making major course corrections by reason and reflection. If these aspects of life are examine and understood, you will be much less limited and fulfilled.
We must research the pros and cons of each philosophy and pick and choose which sections of each idea to take out and make our own. Our job is also to familiarize ourselves with the philosophies that we do not agree with. So that we have a clear picture in our minds of what we want and do not want as part of our educational thinking and to have the knowledge to back up these opinions. After reading through different writings on each of these philosophies, I have begun to take on the task of sorting out which I choose to support and which I strongly oppose. Once having a clear idea of which philosophies appeal to me and which do not, I hope to have the groundwork laid to then analyze the philosophies and take from them what I need to develop my own personal philosophy.
What I address as my topic is "What humanity can teach philosophy." In particular, I focus on the partiality and fallibility of each of us as individuals, and explore what that means for us, as epistemic agents. I argue that because we are embedded and embodied social beings who do not have transcendental, objective, "God's eye views" of the world in which we live, we need each other to help us be potential knowers able to make knowledge claims. Others help us become aware of our own situatedness and help us develop enlarged views. Rather than thinking individual philosophers, with credentials as experts in their field of study, know more and therefore have knowledge they can teach humanity, I argue that all of us, as members of humanity, have much we can teach each other.
From the simplistic Socratic approach of ‘Who am I?’, philosophical self-reflection builds on thoughts and concepts of the likes of Galileo and Socrates until it reaches present thinking. Modern scientific trends developed from philosophies of the past, they are part of the philosophical path that a philosopher must walk when undergoing self-reflection. They are a presentation of modern-day prejudices, which the philosopher must seek to understand and overcome