Lecture 1: Introduction
A.The Act of Philosophizing: review
The Chinese character for philosophy is chih shueh. SHUEH is learning. CHIH is a character made up of three characters: the hand, the mouth, and the measurement. To philosophize for the Chinese and Japanese is to measure one's words for his deeds. In other words of Confucius, the superior man is he who "acts before he speaks and then speaks according to his action."
The Hindu word for philosophy is "darsana" which means "to see." Seeing here does not mean simply seeing with the eyes or mind but with the whole being, for philosophy in ancient India is a way of life. No wonder then that doing philosophy requires sitting under a guru, following his paintings, living and interacting with him.
- this course is not simply a study of the different philosophies of man, i.e. the different ideas or theories of the philosophers on man, or human person. it aims primarily to initiate the students, to lead them to philosophize about themselves, about who they are - human persons. As Fr. Roque Ferriols in the first text that we will use in our course remarks: this course "does not teach what philosophy is but to try to give you a chance to philosophize."
- The first thing that we will clarify in our course is what it means to philosophize. Or more properly, what one does when one philosophizes since the act of philosophizing is easier to do than to define like all other activities, e.g. basketball, dancing, etc. In order to get familiar with the act philosophizing, first, we will put it in the context of our day to day activities and experience. We will try to realize that philosophizing is at the heart of our common experiences and activities.
- And we will use the article of Fr. Roque Ferriols, Insight, to help us realize this. In this article, Insight, Fr. Ferriols illustrates and explains to us that philosophizing has to do primarily with having an insight and doing something about it. And having an insight is one of most common experiences and activities that we have. then, we will use the article, The Philosophical Enterprise by John Kavanaugh to point out that the act of philosophizing is deeply personal act.
Through this article, we will try to grasp that:
- I, myself, must get involved in this activity.
- I must not remain as a spectator, distant observer and inquirer, an audience or just letting others do it for me. - My personhood is at stake in the act of philosophizing: my liberation and my growth as a human person.
1."Insight" by Fr. Roque Ferriols, SJ
- the act of philosophizing, doing philosophy has to do with thinking, and the crucial element of thinking is INSIGHT. thus, in order to understand the act of philosophizing, we have first to clarify what is insight. And in order to help us understand what insight is, we need to consider three things:
- The experience of having an insight
- What can we do with the insight
- Some cautions or notes when doing with insight
1.The Experience of Having an Insight
- having an insight is the most common experience of our day to day life. - And Fr. Ferriols gives us three examples of having an insight to illustrate how common this is and how it is to have an insight: - The first two examples or illustrations are two extreme situations in our day today where one experiences having an insight: - First: hearing and getting a joke
- Second: the experience of death
- The last has to do with how we come to grasp number, like #4
i.Hearing and Getting a Joke
Mentos, my knees, my shoulder, my head...
- When we hear someone telling a joke, not everybody gets the joke, i.e. not everybody laughs. - Some will immediately laugh. Others will take some time to get the joke: few seconds after, minutes, after,hours after, days after, months after, years after…There might also be those who will not get...
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