Chapter 2: Why Philosophy?

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Chapter 2: Why Philosophy?

  1. 1. CHAPTER TWO Why Philosophy?
  2. 2.  First, that philosophy, which started centuries before Christ, shows no sign of coming to an end.  Second, that there is no such thing in philosophy, once it has gotten off the ground, as a completely new idea.  Roman philosophers were almost completely dependent on Greek thought.  Thomas Aquinas “adopted” Aristotle.  Contemporary philosophers admit they are indebted to Greek and Medieval thinkers.
  3. 3.  This answers to some extent Johann’s Why Philosophy?”  Johann admits as “in our age of streamlined efficiency” when philosophy is “under a cloud.  Johann cites a few reasons for this:  (1) Man misunderstands philosophy’s nature and function by comparing it with science.  (2) Man experiences his own life as a problem  Being a thinking creature, he realizes his life depends on what he makes of it.  Being free, he realizes he can decide, he is responsible for such decision.  (3) He turns to philosophy only to discover that reality is not something only out there but that is also involves him.  The quality of his life depends on “his own free response.”
  4. 4.  Philosophy is not to explain life but to help constitute it. By making man aware of the implications of his actions, of the range and scope of his life.  It is a level on which man is faced not with the disposition of things or the mastery of the world that surrounds him, but with the disposition of himself and the decisions that determine his own meaning.
  5. 5. REFLECTION 2 1. Do you agree with the statement that philosophy raises the quality of man life? Why?
  6. 6. REFLECTION 2 1. Do you agree with the statement that philosophy raises the quality of man life? Why?

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