There are a number of philosophers, famous, noted, and otherwise, Who have indulged in philosophy in the attempt to philosophically tell us what philosophy is.
And those essays have their place and they’re very interesting and food for thought and all that. But I’m not really sure that they tell us what philosophy is.
But at the same time it would be kind of like asking what beer is. One could probably write volumes about what beer is and never really get to what beer actually is.
But then on the other side of it one could simply pour a person a glass of beer and say that we fermented some barley and hops and we drink it. And maybe go into a little bit about what fermentation is, and maybe a little bit about sugars. But for sure, it seems to me that it would be concise and not merely sufficient to ask what beer is and have someone write like a five page paper double space 20 font and we would probably know what beer is without any question — before we even drink it! 😄
So I think a pretty good definition, considering things in this way, might look something like this:
Philosophy is the most complicated and indirect manner that human beings could possibly imagine for finding a simple thing.
So that’s why I think asking the question of the previous post, what is the beginning of philosophy, might be more significant than the things we might find out through philosophy.
Perhaps. But maybe readers give us your ideas around these topics.
What are your thoughts?
And then I’ll post them. 👍🏾