Thursday, August 6, 2020

What is Philosophy? The Top Ten Answers

1. Philosophy is the search for truth.
2. Philosophy is the study of that which is true but not obvious.
3. Philosophy is the study of reality.
4. Philosophy is the study of reality, humanity, and the relationship of humanity to reality.
5. Philosophy is the study of humans, what humans know, what humans can or cannot know, and what humans should do about what they know.
6. Philosophy is the study of depth that is achieved by moving beyond appearance.
7. Philosophy is the study of the metaphysical aspects of the physical world.
8. Philosophy is the study of the history of philosophy and what the great philosophers have said to us.
9. Philosophy is the love of wisdom (this is the literal translation of the Ancient Greek "philo-sophia").
10. Philosophy is the study of abstract theories and conceptual ideas that makes a very real life or death difference to your immediate survival and long-term happiness, and, specifically, is the study of how to tell the good ideas, which will help you live, from the bad ideas, which will hurt your happiness.