Our insides and surroundings provoke unconsidered behavior. Philosophy can educate us to not be a slave to impulses.
Instant requirements for philosophy by humanity are due to the survival and loss of instincts, the rise of technology, and increases in number.
The most widely relevant inquiries of philosophy are about purpose for individuals, societies, and humanity and adjustments toward purpose.
An important question we must ask and answer in philosophy is what we fear and hope to find in its pursuit. Motivations can influence outcome.
Unpracticed philosophy is worthless. To improve, we must assess insights and their applications in an entirety, mend incongruities, and fill gaps.
The purpose of communicating philosophy is to create commonality in views so commonality in conduct or at least tolerance can result.
Humanity may only pay attention to philosophy after transcending its struggle to survive and make a living. However, that may be too late.
The civilization of a society can be measured by how much philosophers are integrated and by how much they are questioned.
Philosophy is a rickety construct that only still stands because it has not been used much and work on it has become so slight and lightweight.
You know a society is troubled when “philosophy” is appropriated by sport coaching, product marketing, and religion, or to describe an attitude.
It is predictable yet shameful how famous, wealthy, or other people in power are deemed by themselves and others philosophical authorities.
Blaming philosophy for not being consumed is like blaming food for not being eaten. But maybe people do not have a taste for what they need.
Philosophers’ inability, lack of care, or avoidance to be lucid has burdened generations of disciples laboring to sort out their failures.
Studying philosophy is taking ghost trains through the justifications of psyches that successfully impressed others with their assumptions.
The greatest problem in academic philosophy is that poorly defined special terms and languages scuttle efforts to expose or promote truth.
Philosophy gave birth to science in its search for knowledge. Upon the splitting of specialty sciences, its remaining field has been underlying science as well as the comprehension and arrangement of human existence.
Born to a world of superstitions and restricted freedom of expression, philosophy addressing human existence often compromised its self-declared mandate of pursuing knowledge. Yet even as these confines subsided, it has largely restricted itself to its historical administration and to sophistries without import.
Current academic philosophy is failing humanity by smugly ruminating its historical incidents without resolving to advance.
regurgitating and comparing
tenured charades of education
Thinking philosophy started with writing is an insult to the intelligence of our forbears and ignores the scourge of sophistry that vocal expression can avoid and reveal.
Denying help to the needy adds to their suffering. Does this make institutionalized philosophy responsible, or has it nothing to give?
What is the required or resulting mindset of teaching philosophy with the prospect that nothing much will come of it but its own tradition?
Many philosophy scholars are not philosophers, but merely trying to comprehend and explain what philosophers have conceived.
Researchers and teachers of extant philosophy are as much philosophers as historians are explorers, although one does not exclude the other.
Teaching other people’s philosophies makes you as much a philosopher as preaching makes you a god.
Institutional philosophy is rationally disguised religion complete with gods, priests, dogmas, seminaries, confirmations, ordinations, contests and arrangements by denominations.
reviewers of writings
and reviews of writings
by other reviewers
The philosophical gravy train populated by mutually congratulating conductors will stop running when those enabling it ask for results.
If knowledge induces humbleness
about how much remains unknown,
academic arrogance is self-revealing.
those who think
they should teach
rather than learn
have reached their limit
By evading its obligations in human discourse, philosophy concedes its stage to charlatans, self-important incompetents, and demagogues.
At best, haphazard, topical fixes have spanned the voids left by philosophy’s delinquencies in developing workable concepts for human existence.
The blind state of humans exhibits itself by their dismissing the necessity or even utility of guiding philosophy.
People reject distant or erroneous philosophies and in disgust do not follow any. Developing their own philosophy could fill this opening.
The pervasive neglect by professional philosophy to assist in understanding and organizing human existence, but also the demands of those tasks, call for profound individual engagement.
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