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About philosophy... posted 29 Aug 2008, 04:08 by Cironian, Peralogue

Well, I can't remember how, why, and when it came into my head, but this thought struck me: How do we go about thinking in a philosophical way? Mostly, this referrs to where thought is reaching. When we think philosophically, are we thinking far deeper into things than the human mind usually thinks, or are we thinking much less deeply, thinking back up through layers of more basic thought, so that we ingore the assumptions of the assumptions of the human mind? Do we think beyond the assumptive human standpoints, or do we think without them entirely? Is it a combination of both, does it vary from one to the other, do these questions make any sense at all? On a related note, these two quotes had me thinking also: [quote:30pjrov8]The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. [b:30pjrov8]~Bertrand Russell[/b:30pjrov8][/quote:30pjrov8] [quote:30pjrov8]Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers. The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind. [b:30pjrov8]~Leo Rosten[/b:30pjrov8][/quote:30pjrov8] Thoughts on these quotes, and on these thoughts? view post

Re: About philosophy... posted 30 Aug 2008, 14:08 by jub, Peralogue

Basically I am to drunk to make sense of most of what you said :P but I always see philosophy as a way in which to appreciate knowledge, life, whatever, not as a direct means to attain knowledge, altough... fuck circles. Philosophy gets you to a postion of nothing, it's when you reach that nothing that you either realise wow the world has something or, wow wtf is this I'm dealing with. I dunno maybe we are just taking the fabrics of life, picking a fabric and going hmmm wonder what makes that work. Possibly by being to envolved in individual fabrics we miss the entire weave. Just let go. (love that saying :) ) view post

Re: About philosophy... posted 01 Sep 2008, 00:09 by ThePrinceofNothing, Candidate

I found your second quote rather interesting. Many "proverbs" do, in fact, contradict one another. However, I don't think this demonstrates a lack of critical thinking or error. I believe that two contradicting quotes can be true. For instance: "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." and "Out of sight, out of mind." Quotes like this might seem contradictory and therefore confusing to us, but they should lead us to further questioning: why does absence make the heart grow fonder? When you truly think about it, these two quotes don't seem contradictory at all. While we are apart from someone we care about, our mind naturally finds other things to occupy our thoughts. Therefore, "out of mind." However, when we are reunited, our mind returns to thoughts about that person, and all the reasons why we enjoy being with him/her begin to surface. I think it's important to realize that human beings are contradictory creatures. However, there are still patterns to why we feel certain things. Philosophy allows us to question these feelings, and where they come from. We can identify the contradictions in human nature and seek to explain them using philosophy. Of course, philosophy has many uses and purposes. I only speak of this one because the quote about contradictions made me think. view post


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