Essay about The Theory Of Philosophy And Philosophy

841 Words Sep 21st, 2015 4 Pages
Dealing with the definition of philosophy presents us with issues, largely due to the fact that while many, if not most words have concrete definitions, we should not expect the same from philosophy. Philosophy is used in a variety of ways ranging from a person’s view on life to having a nonchalant attitude. However, when we look up the word in a dictionary it tells us that philosophy is actually the combining of two words which are Greek in origin that when put together mean “the love of wisdom”. Wisdom to the Greeks meant knowing what lay at the base of an issue. The static foundation from which everything else is built upon. It is from the Greeks that western European philosophers garnered their concept of the duties of philosophy. One of these duties is explaining the universe; and the way philosophers do that is through a process known as “rational reflection.” Rational reflection is simply reflecting and thinking about the world around you and attempting to get to the basis of why things are the way they are. It is through rational reflection that the branches of philosophy, such as epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics and others arise. However, despite having these questions philosophy does not discover new facts, rather it uses facts from the empirical sciences and attempts to connect them all together on their most basic level. Within the rational reflection method, however lies two paths. The first, known as the constructive helps philosophers create a broad…

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