The most basic answer is that philosophy answers the way man thinks about the world. Everyone has a philosophy, and everyone's philosophy is shaped differently. People do go on to study it, and then often "pick" a philosophy, or look at opposing ones. Madmen, kings and queens and saints in history all have a philosophy that you can see playing out in their life.
It is one of my favorite subjects, and some of the best minds of the past have given much time and study to it. We see philosophy permeating out societies in almost every way. People have a philosophy about life, family, religion (even atheists), science, politics, etc. It is the thing (philosophy) that drives our answers to our opinions on all the things that matter most to us.
Philosophy, which to the ancient Greeks meant 'love of wisdom', is about man's search for an understanding of his world, and of himself. Ranging over every branch of human thought, it asks how life should be lived, and what knowledge is and how it is acquired.
It devises systems of ideas to explain human thought and knowledge; and it deduces conclusions from propositions by means of reasoned argument.
In the modern world, two main schools of thought compete. One system teaches that nothing can be taken at face value, and that everything must be proved by observation and experiment. The rival school sees philosophy as a tool for changing society, by equipping men with a complete system embracing every possible human experience.
by Leptirela 7 years ago
Is it just me, or is anyone else having trouble to get deeper understaing of Metaphysics?! I have read some pieces of writing where this was applied and have been told I write in this form, yet I didn't know this myself! Any views?!
by Amie Warren 8 years ago
Are we too dependent on technology? Cashiers now cannot even count back change without a computer telling them how much it is. Went to a restaurant and they would not serve me because their computers were down. Seriously. They could not even open the registers.Computers are gathering more and more...
by mortimerjackson 7 years ago
I wrote a review of the recent Ayn Rand movie, Atlas Shrugged Part 1. And it got me to wondering why people like Ayn Rand in the first place. The review is here, for anyone who is interested. <link removed>If you're an Ayn Rand fan, why do you like her? If not, why do you think that people in...
by vector7 6 years ago
Data, information, and knowledge.Structure, organization, development, and assimilation.Systematic and purpose driven thought execution. Spatial intelligence and effecient mind's eye operation. Intent:Conclusive methods of achieving optimal results.
by Cagsil 8 years ago
Hey Hubbers,Seriously folks, what is your view? How do you see things?It appears as if many people have the same opinions, to aspects of Life and I am curious to see what mixture we have here on HubPages.So, with that said- I'm of the understanding that you can only have two views.Since we live in...
by FuzzyCookie 7 years ago
If you could go back to school, what would you study?
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