The Philosophy Of Philosophy

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Throughout the semester, in this class we have discussed and learned about not only basis of philosophical issues and the topics that pertain to them: race, society, sexuality, violence, and the basic knowledge of what is considered right or wrong, to name a few. These topics are still relevant today. This leads to the basic question of whether philosophy from hundreds of years ago, are still relevant to today and the society of which we live? The answer, simply put is yes. It is still relevant because we still do question everything, we still wonder about topics that were discussed back then, and because philosophy is the basis of critical thinking, a quality that is still useful today. We often ask questions, which in turn led us to…show more content…
It goes on to state that “…intellect must be in direct contact with these objects. (Hakim, Albert. Historical Introduction to Philosophy. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2006. 191. Print.) This means that we are born with a certain awareness and ability to question, which leads to ideas and thoughts about the world. This leads to what we learned is the basis of philosophy, asking questions, which turns to ideas, which sometimes, but not always leads to answers. This semester we have read about philosophers who all use a variety of topics to prove their theories, beliefs, and philosophies. One topic that was used quite a bit, violence. Hobbes has been quoted saying, "In the first place, I put for a general inclination of all mankind a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death. And the cause of this is not always that a man hopes for a more intensive delight than he has already attained to, or that he cannot be content with a moderate power, but because he cannot assure the power and means to live well, which he hath present, without the acquisition of more." Hobbes, Thomas. Of Man, Being the First Part of Leviathan. Vol. XXXIV, Part 5. The Harvard Classics. New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1909–14) With this quote Thomas Hobbes is saying that people are self-interested. When man is “self-interested they have the desire to not only live, but to live well.
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