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Why 'do' philosophy?

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Come to think of it, didn’t one of those early Greek fellows say (more or less) that the more he thought about things the more he realised that he knew very little and I understand he is generally accepted as one of the wisest men who ever walked upon this earth. So what is to be gained from philosophising?

You know what you know. So if you know why or how you know what you know, does that add significantly to what you know?


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It adds significantly to what else you can come to know.Michael

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Were you talking about Socrates' objection that, despite the Oracle's claim that he was the wisest man alive, he knew nothing? That was part of his ironic charm. To make a generalization about philosophy from this one ironic statement is somewhat silly.

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Thought the Greeks were as unfamiliar with irony as Americans :-)

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Only an American would say that. B)The etymology of Irony comes from the Ancient Greek εἰρωνεία eirōneía, meaning hypocrisy, deception, or feigned ignorance.

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The Socrates reference probably was silly - as I mentioned I have come very late in life to philosophy and I think I might have been looking for an excuse not to have to start on that terrifying reading list :-)

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The journey of a 1000 books begin with a small turn of the page. :-)

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Don’t do philosophy….asking questions, seeking a deeper understanding, interrogating things is often a dangerous and unsettling practice – you not only upset others, but might end up destroying all the old conceptions you had about yourself or the world you live in, and this is just going to mess you up even further! What makes matters even worse is that philosophy never begins to start. In this world of pragmaticism and action and doing, succeeding and accomplishing, the ever desire of carrying out objectives and goals, and having meaning and end and final solutions, well, philosophy doesn’t do any of that. After some 2500 years, it is still debating god, free-will, objectivity (of values, reality) and it still can’t tell you, for example, what is truth, I, knowledge, or being, without getting into arguments! Those who do philosophy usually have to do a fair bit of reading and writing which is only for squares and dullards and means you have to sit and concentrate for a while and this state of affairs places terrible stress on the body. Another problem is very similar to say doing one of the arts. It has the habit of making you into a more sensitive, astute, observant, insightful, maybe even a more daring, radical individual, and this is just crap in a world of banality, trivia, spin, career, market and cliché. To put it bluntly, the world of the everyday may demean you, but philosophy may just end up paralyzing you! The terror of meaninglessness lurks at every corner!

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You might like to take a look at this series, madcelt.

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Personally, philosophy has made me understand that almost everything I thought I knew, were no more than believes. I'm convinced this is a good step forward, because we use to act according to what we believe, specially if we think that we know (instead of just believe); and because actions sometimes bring good things (?), but many other times their consequences are not so enjoyable, not only for us, but also for the others, which I found more important in this case. (I hope I explained myself properly, let me know if I didn't...):)

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