Monday, August 23, 2010

What is the Use of Studying Philosophy?

What is the use of studying philosophy if all that it does for you is enable you to talk with some plausibility about some abstruse questions of logic, etc., and if it does not improve your thinking about the important questions of everyday life .... You see, I know that it is difficult to think well about “certainty”, “probability”, “perception”, etc. But it is, if possible, still more difficult to think, or try to think, really honestly about your life and other people’s lives.-Wittgenstein

4 comments:

  1. The dean at the University i studied at, said to us the first day: "You are absolutely crazy because of studying Philosophy, it's useless...and that's because philosophy is no one's servant". That was actually my firs lesson.

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  2. At some point there is just no way back.

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  3. Read once somewhere: "Not everybody is fine with how he looks, but everybody is fine with how he thinks."

    THAT, I think, is one hell of a brilliant observation of a principle from which many of our troubles stem.

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  4. I was just told by someone close to me that PhilosophyTweet was a complete waste of time.

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