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    1. Thanks! I posted the essay.

      I have (or am) writing a paper the submit that generally argues the opposite. But more specifically, I distinguish philosophy and critical theory by the usual ordination where philosophy is often understood as a kind of process that the mind is able to occupy itself with, in which or by critical thinking is a kind of mode or approach, a way that the philosophical process occurs. My point will be in what happens when we apply critical thinking to philosophy as opposed to philosophy as being unapproachable. What happens if we apply the philosophical mode of thinking critically to philosophy itself?

  1. Philosophy is simply the fundamental study of reality/nature.

    Critical Theory is a very specific school of philosophy, influenced by existentialism, Marxism/Post-Marxism, psychoanalytic, and general anti-liberal sentiments. Even more specifically, CT aims at “understanding” the world of “social construction” to expose, generally speaking, the power dynamics of how relationships work and operate. Like materialism or liberalism, like conservatism or spiritualism, like empiricism or idealism, CT makes a very specific claim to the nature of reality with its canonical thinkers and exponents.

    So philosophy is more comprehensive and would expect you to know “the philosophy of science,” the philosophy of literature, the philosophy of history, the philosophy of religion, the history of philosophy, etc. And as I’ve said before, the benefit of a proper philosophical education is its comprehensive nature. CT is a very specific sub-disciple and school of philosophy. Like “philosophy”, it gives its answer to the fundamental nature of reality. Whether one accepts its articulations is another matter.

    1. What is a history of philosophy, say? Or an existence of philosophy ? Or the nature of philosophy ?

      How do we tell which one is more basic or primary?

  2. Philosophy is not only critical thinking because one can do this without being a philosopher or studying philosophy. However conceptualisation is the distinguishing trait of philosophy that other disciplines don’t have.

      1. It depends on the base of the critical thinking: do we need scientific evidence for asserting a concept? Then we are crossing over to a scientific approach. That’s 1 example among others. But the problem is with the definition of the concept: it is an abstract idea that synthesises something practical.. u take freedom as a concept: it is synthesis of so many forms of free things that we encounter daily and their representations. Science will explain these things in a certain way, art will represent them, politics will act upon them and so on

      2. SoML. Are you saying that philosophy is not something that extends into every other manner of thinking (philosophy ofcomputer programming; philosophy of icebergs; philosophy of writing papers) but is a particular kind of activity ?

      3. I am not saying philosophy doesn’t extend to other disciplines. I am saying that conceptualisation is a proper philosophical experience

      4. I think I took that to heart some how. Maybe then: Philosophy is the disclosure of Being (conceptualization). And critical theory is the closure (closing by ruling out, as in deconstruction, being-critical is a manner not of opening to possibility as much as closing the options of conceptualization through which Being is available) .

        What you think ?

      5. This seems to have some resonance in me, from lived experience.

        “I think I took that to heart some how. Maybe then: Philosophy is the disclosure of Being (conceptualization). And critical theory is the closure (closing by ruling out, as in deconstruction, being-critical is a manner not of opening to possibility as much as closing the options of conceptualization through which Being is available) .

        What you think ?”

      6. …and am I not thinking critically. Or enacting critical theory when I move to find out what hidden meanings might be in a social activity or presentation, such as getting on a ski lift, or walking my dog around the neighborhood while videoing it on you tube?

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