Philosophy is the study of social behavior, life and the general unknown. To me Philosophy is an art form as well as a science- thus reaping the benefits of both fields.
Throughout the last two weeks in class we have read and discussed many essays about philosophy that deliberate its use, purpose and significance. The authors of these essays write that philosophy is to be talked about and different theories are to be debated in hopes to find the perfect answer. They write that philosophy is under appreciated and mocked for reasons it shouldn’t be by people who do not understand its purpose. They have said that science is inferior to philosophy and that scientists are egotistical in believing that they are the only ones with answers -but in saying so these authors have come off as extremely egotistical themselves.
What I’ve taken from these contradicting essays is that philosophy is an art form. It’s about thinking about our lives and the unknown with an original outlook. Philosophers often think about how we experience art (e.g. aesthetics) and ask why we seek to create it? Philosophy is creative and innovative itself, in choosing which questions to ask and how to answer them. Modern Philosophers add on the ideas of old theories and expand them through new perspectives. Philosophy is often written and expressed in literature which is also part of the arts. The quote “A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one” – Heraclitus of Ephesus, shows that creative thinking lead to the finding of stronger connections; stronger theories.
Just as it is an art form, philosophy is a science. The reason we have science today, many claim, is because of philosophy. The reasoning and questioning of philosophers lead to the creation of science in that philosophers rationalized their hypothesis. Through that rationalization they created facts of science and lead others to follow in those footsteps. As G.W.F Hegel stated “What is rational is actual and what is actual is rational” Similarly Philosophers have always valued knowledge and have always sought to know more and be sure of more as this famous quote states: “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance” – Socrates
Art and Science are combined through philosophy. The original thinking and the craving for answers bring these fields together.
Philosophy is the study of social behavior. It questions why we are the way we are and why we do the things we do, crave the things we crave, and think the thoughts we think. Philosophers have spent centuries dissecting and observing (although often from afar) the way we humans act. They have come up with answers to questions and methods for making our behavior in their opinions, better.
Some philosophers have believed themselves to be superior to the average human, more aware, and more knowledgeable and in the case of people like Socrates, believed themselves to be the teachers of the average individual. Socrates once said “Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?”
When Googling Philosophy you’ll find evidence that people do not always value, and are not always aware of the teachings of old philosophers. The first result when Googling philosophy is of course the Wikipedia article. The second however, when compared to the quote I just shared with you, is ironic and a bit disappointing to those who indeed value the thoughts of old. The second result is a link to a company named Philosophy and this company specializes in the sale of beauty products.
This is an example showing that people in fact seem to not be ashamed of the making of money, fame and prestige.
In conclusion, I believe Philosophy is a very wide, open field that touches on many topics and questions many things. Through thought processes and discussion of our theories, we can delve into the realm of unknown to attempt to discover and learn what we can even if the depth of the strange can be overwhelming. As we continue on in this course I hope to remember the words of Bertrand Russell “This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities”