Philosophy And Philosophy Of Philosophy Essay

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What is philosophy? Philosophy could be defined in many ways, but I believe that the Oxford dictionary defines it best: “The study of the theoretical basis of a particular branch of knowledge or experience or a theory or attitude that acts as a guiding principle for behaviour”. That definition basically encapsulates the entirety of what we have discussed during the time that we have been in this course. It covers the basic ideals of both eastern and western philosophy quite eloquently over the span of just one sentence. However, philosophy is a word that cannot be defined in simply one sentence. Nor is it a word that can be defined broadly to apply to a wide range of people. When it comes to philosophy, everyone has their own ways of studying and practicing, whether they understand and acknowledge that or not. While it may seem rudimentary to state something so simple and synonymous with the phrase “everyone is different”, I have found that in something such as philosophy the smallest of differences can produce the largest of results. This was a profound truth that became very evident to me while we studied the literary works of many different philosophers. While there are similarities between the approaches of Descartes and Confucianism to philosophy, there are also many key differences in culture, politics and language that set the two apart from one another. The first way in which the philosophical approaches of Descartes and Confucianism differ is in their cultural
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