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?
Thank you so much!
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?
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".
Very interesting response
So, can we trust Philosophers? Is their goal not to irritate the minds of others?
Both the philosopher and the philosophy have to be genuine. There are second-rate philosophies out there as well.
So what are the standards to rate a philosophy and the philosophers
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.
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? )
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.
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....
Reference: "Genuine philosophy can communicate before it is understood".
Your thoughts on this : "Philosophy is in a desperate need of reawakening." Time has changed and the philosophy will also change with time, right?
The world is always open to new philosophies and new philosophers. Philosophy will only end the day the world has become a paradise.
Sometimes reawakening is necessary in the world of philosophy ~ because people begin to idolize/worship particular philosophies, philosophers, etc.
Karl Marx is a very good example here. Karl Marx was a disciple of Hegel. Marx worked to make the world a paradise. People nowadays take Marx too politically. They begin to forget that Marx had an ultimate aim and vision: To make the world a paradise.
I loved it!
I wish to live in that world forever...
Can you please send me the address I can put it on Google maps
This very forum thread has already made its contribution to that overall structure.
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