Essay about Philosophy : The Quest For Excellence

1444 Words Sep 10th, 2016 6 Pages
Description of Philosophy Idealism is one of humankind’s oldest philosophies, originating in ancient India and classical Greece, further developing throughout the centuries, and reaching a high point of expression in nineteenth-century Europe and Asia. Idealism asserts that reality is spiritual or nonmaterial and may or may not have a religious orientation. Religious idealists believe that the Creator or God is a supernatural spiritual being, the source of all creation, and the active presence who keeps the world in existence. For philosophical Idealists, who root their beliefs in metaphysics rather than religion, reality is an extension of a highly abstract universal idea, an organizing principle or world concept. Idealists believe that striving for perfection is a desirable goal. They believe that while human beings may not attain perfection, they can achieve much when they follow a noble standard of life. For idealists, the quest for excellence can be a guiding force if one has the right disposition to be the best person possible, is willing to struggle to find the truth, and wise enough to live according to it.
Assumptions about Human Nature
For Idealists, God or the Absolute Idea of Form is the most general, most abstract, and inclusive being in the universe. Human beings share in that overriding spirituality or intellectuality, but in a limited way. Human life is striving for and in search of the supreme goodness and truth that exists in God or the Absolute.…

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