The essence of Philosophy is abstract reasoning – not because the philosopher is too lazy to attempt a more hands-on approach, but because the subjects at issue do not readily submit to it. If we could simply weigh the fish we would.
Philosophy is not just for the daydreamer, it requires the effort of a scientist and of great minds. No one can just pick up a book of philosophy and understand the key elements. Because the key elements are not as tangible as people might think. It’s a web of ideas that lead into so many others, with no end to the train of thought. It requires pondering in isolation and heated arguments that eventually lead to agreement. The ideas of philosophy are strong and resilient in the sense that they won’t give in to idle thinking.