Transcript of "Chapter 3: Philosophizing & Insights"
Philosophizing and Insights
Philosophizing present participle of
1.Speculate or theorize about fundamental
or serious issues, esp. in a tedious or
2.Explain or argue (a point or idea) in terms
of one's philosophical theories.
Insight is the understanding of a specific cause and effect in a
specific context. The term insight can have several related
a piece of information
the act or result of understanding the inner nature of things or of
seeing intuitively in Greek called noesis
the power of acute observation and deduction, penetration,
discernment, perception called intellection or noesis
an understanding of cause and effect based on identification of
relationships and behaviors within a model, context, or scenario
(see artificial intelligence)
An insight that manifests itself suddenly, such as understanding
how to solve a difficult problem, is sometimes called by the
German word Aha-Erlebnis. The term was coined by the German
psychologist and theoretical linguist Karl Bühler. It is also known
as an epiphany.
This is making a quest which as earlier explained
results in any of the following:
Asking questions, Why does the moon shine at night? Why
not during daytime?
If this is a question asked by a science teacher to a student
in his class, the answer as expected must be a satisfying
response based on scientific principle.
If the questions comes from an inquisitive little girl the
answer must be tactfully phrased so as not to dissuade the
child from truth, it merely requires a musing kind of
response like it the natural course of things on earth.
Philosophizing deals with a subject matter using a particular
method of response.
The philosophical thinker does not even dare to produce
anything of practical use but simply to contemplate wisdom.
This quest further explains that by philosophizing man’s
rational need is answered.
Characteristic of Philosophical Questions
They have answers which remain unanswered, therefore
disputable. Example: What does freedom mean?
They cannot be settled by science or common sense.
Example: Are lovers really blind?
They are of perennial intellectual interest? Example: why
does man exist? What does freedom mean when we have
no choice, sometimes?
For philosophizing is a searching for
Why is the moon round?
Why do birds fly?
Where is heaven, Papa?
Why are you crying, Mama?
Why are you laughing all by yourself?
What I am trying to say is that one “sees’ into
something more than what meets the eye. It is
what philosophers call “insights”
Insight men have had ever since they used
their intelligence and powers of reflection.
The history of philosophy shows that men have
seen and noticed things around them, thought
and pondered on these, and acted on their
Insights pertains to ideas or knowledge derived from
different sources. Its kind are:
a. Conceptual idea or knowledge means a kind of idea or
learning one derives from sharing of minds and
experiences or from reading printed materials. It may
come as a form of information which consequently
becomes an idea.
Example: Ordinarily in some meetings or seminar
articles or bible passages are read for the
participants to get a striking idea in relation to
what they heard or derived from the passage.
When the answer leads to another query like how
does this guide me to the proper direction, then
this kind has a philosophical nature.
b. Perceptual kind refers to knowledge derived through the
senses. In certain cases, during mental exercises,
reflection is done with certain instrumental music or an
C. Intuition refers to the learning or knowledge one obtained
through feelings independent of the cause. Example to this
is one feels he is being cheated by his spouse without any
basis but one simply derived unfounded such from feeling.
Insights are gained through concept or mere formation of
idea while perception is from mere senses and intuition is
from mere feeling. These ideas or pieces of information are
delivered through the mind, to the sense or to the feeling
satisfy three basic factors to constitute learning namely:
A. Reasons tell the truth and objectivity of the matter appealing to
one’s common sense or judgment.
Examples: A father is a male parent
the blind cannot see.
B. Experience refers to the information or knowledge gained
through perception or awareness of mental lives.
Examples: One gets hurt being rejected or turned down.
A child dislikes to swim because he had an early
experience of drowning.
C. Memory pertains to mental activity of restored ideas.
Examples: A child ha a vivid memory of her dead
A girl remembers an early childhood
memory of a pet.
1.What insights do you have with regard to
the preparation as a student to the kind of
life you want to be and to have?
elucidate? (15 pts)
2.How does a philosophical question differ
from an ordinary question? (15 pts)
3.How do you define insight and
philosophizing? Give examples of each.
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