Why I Don 't Think Philosophy Is A Secret Society

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After reading this book it is safe to say that I don’t think philosophy is a secret society because I have entered into it. Groothuis takes on a large subject and looks into the minds of seven philosophers and what they think of God, the universe, and humanity. This book shows the significance within the history of Western philosophy. One of the philosophers we will discuss first is Protagoras he is best known for this saying “Man is the measure of all things.” His ideas can be explained to mean that there are objective or absolute standards in existence that are not relative to human beings. Rather, all standards by which things may be measured, including morals and values, come from human beings and are not dependent…show more content…
“Human beings began to do philosophy,” he says, “even as they do now, because of wonder, at first because they wondered about the strange things right in front of them, and then later, advancing little by little, because they came to find greater things puzzling.” We can say Aristotle believed in the Law of Noncontradiction, it means “It is impossible for the same thing to belong and not to belong at the same time, to the same thing and in the same respect.” He goes on to explain we have to overcome contradiction in every area of our life. Augustine’s famous saying “You must have made us for yourself, and restless is our heart until it comes to rest in you.” His main ideas, “Where could reality be known at all?” When he was a youth he wanted to be satisfied by worldly things. He continued to think this way until one day he was prompted to pick-up the Bible and read Romans 13. This book in the Bible had such an overwhelming, profound calling which Augustine felt was God. He felt God was calling out his rebellious life and for him to turn to a Christian life. He went on to write a piece of work called The Confessions. This book was written for God himself. In it he describes events that reveal the presence and power of God in his life. According to one scholar, “the overall unity of the picture is central to its ability to provide a resolution of the problem of evil. The sensible world, for example,

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