Oscar’s First Philosophical Inquiries
What is Philosophy to me?
Would it be ‘wise’ of me to say that to have inquiries on philosophical concepts can be all too broad to discuss? As I have learned throughout my brief history in this class, philosophy is just a matter of activating (and communicating) ideas that have otherwise just sunken into the inconceivable depths of our brains. My objective in life (and in this course) is to narrow these “inconceivable” thoughts and ideas into pathways that can be articulated through the simple act of speech.
With that said, the ideas we have about human nature should be “baked” in our minds so that in the future we have dissent to rely on. We might not have to live as hermits in Norway just as Ludwig Wittgenstein did in 1913, but as Nigel Warburton’s Talk With Me essay suggests, “Philosophy in its highest forms seems intently solitary and often damaged by the presence of others.” While this may be true, it is important to create thoughts that engage us, along with others, so that we can partake in collective conversation, enriching our desire to pose questions and encounter topics of debate with the people around us. “Social activity that thrives on the collision of viewpoints” is what fuels our very own goals so that we can move forward as individuals and as collective groups in society; both in this course and outside of it.
The beauty of this course is that every idea or topic of discussion can be tangible to our very own nature In humanity and that there are multiple ways of approaching an answer (if there even is one). During the past week of class we collectively gave opinions of learning styles and how our knowledge and personalities can manifest into these different ways of absorbing information; from perennial to reconstructive methods of learning. I for one don’t exactly know where I fall into because I rationalize my own thoughts depending on what I am being taught. Where “telling someone something he will not understand [isn’t] pointless…”.
In addition, I’d like to discuss that it can be insanely difficult to discuss something to do with philosophy. Simply by breaking down the word ‘philosophy’ (meaning love-wisdom) there is a lot that can be discussed. I could argue that loving to be wise is what philosophy is inclined to mean, or that it is merely a statement that tells you that you should love wisdom. There are simply so many different ways to approach such an argument which is what makes the learning process of philosophy so interesting. However, it is almost too easy to generate ideas that conflict with our very own thinking or that compromise our ability to communicate such an idea. The mere thought of confusing ourselves with our own ideas can be all too overwhelming.
Neil Warburton suggests in his Talk With Me essay that for Wittgenstein to ‘give birth to new ideas’, there is usually the need of an audience to effectively and intelligently criticize such topics of humanity. As a keen observer in this Philosophy 12 class, I see every single individual in this class as philosopher yet also a listener much like G.E. Moore. Yeah maybe you’re not Socrates or Plato but hey, the fact that you’re questioning your own thinking is close enough. I could ramble on and on about deep thinking and what not, but the true message is, that the truth about humanity is that when it comes to questioning philosophy “these are not trivial questions we are discussing here, we are discussing how to live.”