The Value Theory: The Art Of Philosophy

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To quote Socrates, "to know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge." To know what this quote fully means, you must first understand the art of philosophy. The word philosophy comes from the Greek word "phílosophía" or in Greek, "φιλοσοφία", which means "the love of wisdom", whereas the word philosopher means "lover of wisdom" and is, therefore, someone who studies philosophy for an academic or personal matter. Now really, philosophy is a love of wisdom that guides philosophers to explore the fundamental questions about who we are and why we're here. In philosophy, we are able to explore concepts like the meaning of life, knowledge, morality, reality, the existence of God, consciousness, politics, religion,…show more content…
These areas of philosophy are all tied together by possessing a certain aspect of how things should or should not be, and in this way, the value theory is one of the biggest areas of philosophy. In a more specific sense, value theory can refer to something also known as axiology. Axiology is the study of which objects are good, and to what degree they are good. Between axiology and the value theory, there is another area of study known as the theory of value. Though they sound quite similar, the theory of value and the value theory are quite…show more content…
As the 20th century approached, there grew more controversy towards abstraction and appreciating form and towards the later decades of the 20th century, even abstraction was abandoned and philosophers of art argued that art should not have a tight definition. This idea, known as the de-definition of art, was created by the artistically based philosopher, Morris Weitz. The de-definition of art examines the specific criteria we follow when judging art. For instance, when you see Hamlet are you judging Shakespeare's manuscript? Are you judging the actor's performance? Do you judge every part of the production down to the costumes? Are different things judged based on different sets of standards? The de-definition uses questions like these to define all types of art, music, painting, drawing, etc. Once again we bring up the point of Socrates' quote, "to know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true

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