My Personal Definition Of Philosophy

978 Words Aug 4th, 2014 4 Pages
Defining philosophy can be as complex as the process of philosophy itself; there is no exact definition to the word. Although as referenced in The Philosopher’s Way by John Chaffee the Greek origin of the work is love and wisdom, philiein, meaning love and Sophia, meaning wisdom. Thus creating a simple definition for philosophy to be the love of wisdom (Chaffee). My personal definition of philosophy would expand on that concept and define it to be, the exploration and examination of thoughts, experiences, and knowledge through wisdom. Philosophy can take a simple concept and dissect the statement not only searching for the depth of its truth, but the reasoning behind said discovered or undiscovered truth. Regardless of the outcome, philosophy is the love of knowledge and wisdom involved and gained from the process of critical thinking. Allowing the mind to expand and consider other solutions rather than following society in a pack with what is “known” to be true.
Bertrand Russell elaborates on the value of philosophy and in his book The Problems of Philosophy he states, “Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves.” Meaning that the aim of philosophy is knowledge in the question and response, rather than a mere yes or no answer. Bertrand defines the chief value of philosophy to be the greatness of subjects or objects…
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