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What is Philosophy? posted 09 Aug 2005, 12:08 by WhiteLineRacer, Candidate

Seriously, is it just thoughts on thoughts? I obviously never studied it at college :? view post

posted 09 Aug 2005, 12:08 by Echoex, Auditor

That's an astute assumption. It's the ponderance of existence. And if "I think, therefore I am" holds true, than philosophy is thoughts on thoughts... .Ex. view post

posted 10 Aug 2005, 00:08 by target, Auditor

Iits thoughts on everything. Life, the universe and everything :D (sorry, had to be done) Although i suppose it depends on how you define 'thoughts'. Its definately an astute description and its not incorrect. Anything can be defined as a 'thought' due to the nature of reality. Basically nothing in this existence is concrete, its all abstract. It's all philosophy. view post

posted 10 Aug 2005, 00:08 by target, Auditor

Or rather, its all philosphical. Of course, taht is another argument. view post

posted 10 Aug 2005, 00:08 by Deerow, Auditor

Semantics. Philosophy is semantics. Done. view post

posted 10 Aug 2005, 00:08 by target, Auditor

Well said. I wish i had thought of that, much simpler than my rambling waffle. It can't be quite that simple though can it? I mean, as good a definition as that is, semantics can only be a part of it, it cannot be the whole? I suppose it could though,it is basically one big argument with whoever says the most complex, yet to some extent sensible, things emerging victor. You know what? I should sleep, my mind clearly isn't working, i'm even arguing with myself now. view post

posted 10 Aug 2005, 02:08 by Deerow, Auditor

Well it is semantics because essentially you are re-arranging words to create new thoughts. But essentially it comes down to a mastery of language over everything else. view post

posted 17 Aug 2005, 23:08 by Scilvenas, Auditor

From [i:2ulv5bz2]The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy[/i:2ulv5bz2] [quote:2ulv5bz2] (Gk., love of knowledge or wisdom) The study of the most general and abstarct features of the world and categories with which we think: mind, matter, reason, proof, rruth, etc. In philosophy, the concepts with which we approach the world themselves become the topic of enquiry. A philosophy of a discipline such as history, physics, or law seeks not to so much to solve historical, physical, or legal questions, as to study the concepts that structure such thinking , and to lay bare their foundations and presuppositions. In this sense philosophy is what happens when a practice becomes self-conscious. The borderline between such 'second-order' reflection, and ways of practising the first order discipline itself, is not always clear: philosophical problems may be tamed by the advance of a discipline, and the conduct of a discipline may be swayed by philosophical reflection ([i:2ulv5bz2]see also[/i:2ulv5bz2]owl of Minerva). AT different times there has been more or less optimism about the possibility of a pure or 'first' philosophy, taking an *[i:2ulv5bz2]a priori[/i:2ulv5bz2] standpoint from which other intellectual practices can be impartially assessed and subjected to logical evaluation and correction ([i:2ulv5bz2]see[/i:2ulv5bz2] methodology). The late 20th-century spirit of the subject is hostile to any such possibility, and prefers to see philosphical reflection as continuous with the best practice of any field of intellectual enquiry.[/quote:2ulv5bz2] Knew I bought that thing for a reason. view post

posted 05 Sep 2005, 04:09 by Fortey, Commoner

Love of knowledge, just as the dictionary says. Then it gives a long, rambling definition but that's about all you need right there. Philosophy is a tool for understanding, borne from said love of knowledge. view post

posted 03 Oct 2005, 19:10 by Jesh, Candidate

[quote="Fortey":34kujopz]Love of knowledge, just as the dictionary says. Then it gives a long, rambling definition but that's about all you need right there. Philosophy is a tool for understanding, borne from said love of knowledge.[/quote:34kujopz] I would say not love of knowledge, but love of knowing, wanting to know. view post

posted 04 Nov 2005, 03:11 by FAU5TU5, Commoner

Philosophy: to one, a group, or more, their own percieved battlefield on which to engage the unknown and unknowable. When more than one attempt to join in the attempt at once, rules, guidelines, and standards are attempted to ease the difficulty in translation between perceptions en route to the same goal. This is never fully possible because the battelfield is always "Percieved", and therefore fluid and abstractly unique to every contestant. But the passion and draw toward the unattainable and to reach perfect agreement has kept men striving to hone the rules to a point of near science, As if attempting to find the mathematics of beauty or art, Philosophy truly is, the Love of Wisdom and Knowledge and the ongoing attempt to define the undefinable so that others may share a common view. That is how I would likely define it... But in short... after years of study Semantics... yeah... that's 99.9999% of it.. view post

posted 01 Feb 2006, 04:02 by rycanada, Peralogue

The most general possible discipline of critical enquiry. view post

posted 21 Mar 2006, 03:03 by Zarathinius, Auditor

The capabilty to organize and portray thoughts in such a way that another can understand them in the same way. view post

Mr Jims says posted 25 Apr 2006, 03:04 by MrJims, Commoner

Philosophy in the widest sense is trying the paint a portrait of all of exsistence. And miss nothing. Say yes to thugs. they be bad. view post


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