Philosphers... Trust them or not to trust them?

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  1. Misbah786 profile image88
    Misbah786posted 11 months ago

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    I like philosophy... but is it real or just a thought that irritates me? And with which I disturb others.....with which I make others think....  Philosophy is not a task that can be delegated; the philosopher's task is to challenge and excite, not to comfort. Don't trust me (when I convey philosophical thoughts), but think about what I say. This is what I think about Philosophy.

    My questions are:

    1) What are the foundations of philosophy? Is philosophy really a subject or we create new philosophies everyday with new thoughts? 

    2) Why should we believe philosophers? Are they trustworthy or just very  imaginative?

    3) Philosophy, in my opinion, is about being open-minded and gaining understanding or challenging ownself and others about "what is what". But still it is a thought and it can provoke thoughts. Saying that means that anyone in the world can talk his/her own philosophy if it is just your own thoughts???

    4) Why some people avoid philosophical discussions do they think that they are not eligible to receive, think and reply? Or do they think philosophers are not worth listening to??

    5) Why sometimes people get afraid of philosophers? Is their aim is to bring a thought to attention and change people's mind and perspective?

    6) What makes a philosopher a philosopher? Is he a deep thinker or is he/she a very imaginative/creative person who join the dots together to form a line???

    7) Is it like that it's their aim to make people think in a direction they see things... if so why do they want people to see things from their perspective? Do they have sharper minds than an average person? Is their IQ higher than the average person?

    8) What do you think, are they (the Philosophers)  very over confident or very confused people?

    Your Thoughts!

    Thank you so much! smile

    1. Castlepaloma profile image73
      Castlepalomaposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      I lead with the heart, shortly followed by the mind.  Courageous connects to both places.

      1. Misbah786 profile image88
        Misbah786posted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you, Castepaloma, for your insights. Moderation is essential. smile
        Blessings always!!

  2. Misbah786 profile image88
    Misbah786posted 11 months ago

    There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers” – William James

    "Only one man ever understood me, and he didn’t understand me” – G. W. F. Hegel
    (Who was that man was it he himself? )

    Many people have given their lives to study and understand Hegel's philosophy and make it their career after reading this thought by Hegel. Many have spend years to explore and examine his thoughts. 

    So what was the purpose Hegel said that? Was he such a complex personality that he believed no one could understand him? Or did he want others to explore him and his views even after his death? Or he wanted his name to live on forever?

    Until and Unless you have studied and have a strong grasp on the subtle nuances in philosophical writing, philosophy is impossible to understand and so are the philosophers. But again how true are Philosophers and how true are philosophical thoughts?

    1. Revirio profile image52
      Revirioposted 11 months agoin reply to this

      A studious ​poet (T. S. Eliot) once said this about poetry: "Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood".

      I think the same is true for philosophy as well: "Genuine philosophy can communicate before it is understood".

      smile

      1. Misbah786 profile image88
        Misbah786posted 11 months agoin reply to this

        Very interesting response big_smile
        So, can we trust Philosophers? Is their goal not to irritate the minds of others?

        1. Revirio profile image52
          Revirioposted 11 months agoin reply to this

          Both the philosopher and the philosophy have to be genuine. There are second-rate philosophies out there as well. smile

          1. Misbah786 profile image88
            Misbah786posted 11 months agoin reply to this

            So what are the standards to rate  a philosophy and the philosophers

            1. Revirio profile image52
              Revirioposted 11 months agoin reply to this

              Genuine philosophy withstands the test of time. They stay relevant and fresh even after thousands of years. This is the only standard to rate philosophy. smile

              1. Misbah786 profile image88
                Misbah786posted 11 months agoin reply to this

                If so why Hegel said this: "Only one man ever understood me, and he didn’t understand me” – G. W. F. Hegel
                (Who was that man was it he himself? )
                smile

                1. Revirio profile image52
                  Revirioposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                  That was a sort of joke. It was Hegel's way to say that his philosophy properly communicated to a handful of people, and that they too didn't understand the philosophy.

                  1. Misbah786 profile image88
                    Misbah786posted 11 months agoin reply to this

                    He really had a strange sense of humour... Lol! A lot of people had scratched their heads on his statement and you are telling me it was a joke.... big_smile

                2. Revirio profile image52
                  Revirioposted 11 months agoin reply to this

                  Reference: "Genuine philosophy can communicate before it is understood".

                  1. Misbah786 profile image88
                    Misbah786posted 11 months agoin reply to this

                    Your thoughts on this : "Philosophy is in a desperate need of  reawakening."  wink Time has changed and the philosophy will also change with time, right? smile

 
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