What is Philosophy?
The Merriam-Webster defines Philosophy as
1. a: pursuit of wisdom
b: a search for a general understanding of values and reality by chiefly speculative rather than observational means c: an analysis of the grounds of and concepts expressing fundamental beliefs as stated.” (Dictionary)
Philosophy is the quest for an understanding of the world and of man’s place in it and for ways to apply this understanding to the right conduct of life. According to M.J. Adler “the term comes from the Greek words for ‘love of wisdom’”; the meaning of wisdom, however has been interpreted differently at various times by various thinkers.” [ (Adler) ] In order to philosophize, a person must first become aware of his or her belief (including scientific, moral, religious, and common-sense beliefs) that express and form their everyday life and thought. They must scrutinize and analyze these beliefs to see whether they are reasonable, consistent, and fit the facts. Then they must try to construct an order of beliefs that give a larger meaning to their experiences and actions. I have learned that the study of philosophy should give a person greater insight into the meaning of life. A person may even develop their own philosophy which would allow them to evaluate their own experiences which may help them to achieve some purpose and design for their life. Philosophy is a strong force that shapes and influences all the branches of human knowledge. As defined by Sandy Clabaugh, “Logic: the science of correct reasoning. Epistemology: the study of knowledge. Metaphysics: the study of reality. Axiology the study of values and includes ethics, political philosophy and aesthetics.” [ (Clabaugh) ] As its definition suggests, philosophy works with our most important beliefs about ourselves and our world, and it uses logic in thinking about these beliefs.
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