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What is Philosophy?

What is Philosophy?
May 29, 2008, 10:04:41 AM
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Now since, as I have said, the existence of God is a matter of revelation and is firmly established thereby, it needs no human verification.  But philosophy is really only the idle and superfluous attempt to leave reason, thus man's ability to think, deliberate, and reflect, entirely to its own devices for once, just as a child on a lawn occasionally has its leading strings removed and is allowed to try its strength, to see what the result will be.


Schopenhauer knew that if absolute Truth was one's ultimate goal, then philosophy was pointless, but this is too often forgotten.

Re: What is Philosophy?
May 29, 2008, 12:19:58 PM
goal of Truth = working backward from what a goal should be, justification

goal of creative play = working forward toward space for living

Re: What is Philosophy?
May 29, 2008, 06:11:33 PM
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goal of Truth = working backward from what a goal should be, justification

goal of creative play = working forward toward space for living


While there is nothing wrong with a joy, or play, or creativity, what you're really doing here is excusing yourself from objective reality and rationalizing something that ultimately leads to solipsism, under the rubric of "creative play".

Truth exists and permeates reality. We are in that reality, which is a place of consistency, both from a metaphysical and physical perspective. Anything based on untruth, or unreality is basically a broken, ugly, dysfunctional joke - not "playfully creative".

Re: What is Philosophy?
May 29, 2008, 08:58:07 PM
The lie is a condition of life     ---Nietzsche

Re: What is Philosophy?
May 30, 2008, 05:35:37 AM
If we look at what philosophy means it translates to love of knowledge or love of wisdom. Therefore the pursuit of wisdom is philosophy. Naturally one can encounter what one would perceive to be weaker and stronger philosophies for the word itself does not bestow positive or negative connotations.

If we delve deeper we are instead creating a philosophy rather then describing it. Thus this is the most all encompassing meaning to be found, least I be wrong of course.

Re: What is Philosophy?
May 30, 2008, 05:58:55 AM
Schopenhauer was of course referring almost exclusively to modern western philosophy when he wrote the above passage.