The Big Questions: Why We Do Philosophy
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The Big Questions: Why We Do Philosophy

A brief explication of some big questions in Philosophy and why we ask the questions that seem impossible to answer. Who are we? What are we? Why are we here? Are we mental conceptions? Or perhaps another physical thing in the vast existence of all universes. Read how philosophy nurtures and encourages the curiosity and reason that is the undercurrent to many advances in the sciences of today.

Philosophy is art; the love of knowledge and reason.  We do philosophy out of human curiosity.  We as humans have a desire to know and understand what it is around us.  We want to know why it is that a this or that is.  Why are we here?  What are we?  How are we here? Who are we?  When are we?  It is the art of philosophy to inquire and wonder at the seemingly big questions of life. 

Many who wonder at the grand things in life are looking to enlighten the understanding of any given natural thing.  In fact, philosophy was started by the so called natural philosophers who more than anything wanted to understand what nature was made of without the traditional appeal to gods.  Curious what it was that formed the earth, sky and the beyond these historic figures began to reason out why all substance must be 'x'.  Historically a first, we find that the natural philosophers wanted to explain by reason rather than through mysticism and the mysteries that accompany it.

The tradition spread as a wild fire; first one spark igniting another until the vast Greek culture of the Hellenic's was burgeoning with reason.  The questions of philosophy always stood one step ahead of the physical and practical.  While Thales contemplated on the universal nature of water it was impractical, but inspired Demoncritus, and the lessor recognized Leucippus, to create the first atomic theory of matter.  One startilingly similar to our present understanding of physics and chemistry.  These philosophers are the men and women who step their minds out of the bounds that we are able to contemplate problems not only of our own reality, but, any reality of any possibility.

Philosophy teaches the skill to reason and to understand reason.  The philosopher tends to be more adept at finding implicit arguments, hidden assumptions and the logical fallacies, which, so slyly creep into our thoughts.  Great leaps in technologies have occured from one brilliant mind being able to see an assumption as just that, ignore it and create something beautiful.  Seemingly simple problems in hindsight have been the result of loving knowledge, so much, as to ignore what we know to be impossible.

Philosophy is a timeless pursuit with the simple goal of understanding.  The philosophers crave to know, and to know what it is to know.  Not always in their ivory towers; but most often in the laboratories, construction sites, and places of action.  Philosophy has changed the way we look at the world, so well is this action performed that it has hidden itself as the frame work of nearly all that we call secular society.  Philosophy and the philosopher are everywhere.

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Philosophy has been the inquisitive search for truth. Thank you Jerrod.

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Human life is meant for thoughtfulness, that is why we take philosophy, science and religion to search for the absolute truth, very well presented article.

Excellent article.