Many have tried and many have failed at this endeavour. Philosophy has been defined by many and many have attempted to become the masters of philosophy. But is there a finite and true one definition of philosophy. Philosophy seems to contradict itself due to the fact that man began contepmlating about it since recorded history can recall or has records of. One philosopher says according to his extensive study into the field that this is the rational analysis of the world around us in a way that is obscure to most people on this planet.
Who else can give us a true definition of philosophy then? Academics, economists, scientists, physicists…….. you can call all forms and shapes of experts from all fields of science and they will each have a definition that they see as the absolute definition of philosophy. But when you ponder on the foundations laid thousands of years ago by the world’s earliest philosophers there is no one true definition. Even after dedicating their whole lives to the study of philosophy you would still have a different view of what it is. This is why it is so difficult to define, ask a fool on what it means and he might say, ” I do not know”, but that statement is in a way an application of the fundamental theories of philosophy. Information is knowledge, knowledge and power and people in power are fools for they think they become something above everything else void of the shortcomings and failures that makes us human. Thinking that having all the knowledge in the world under your belt gives you the knowledge and thus power to say that others are wrong in their perception of philosophy is a true fallacy indeed for all of us who are part of the human race is what philosophy is all about. The science of trying to understand an individual who is different from everybody else around him thus indefinable.
So Philosophy has no one true meaning, and that any definition can be either true or false. Maybe that’s why the father’s of philosophy were treated as fools and ridiculed as such. For asking questions that only fools did and tried to make sense of the world. Maybe that’s the true meaning of philosophy, strip yourself of all the things that makes you, yourself and you might, you might just be able to define it definitely. But after that, nobody would be interested in what you say for you are now a nobody and nobody listens to nobody’s.
Originally posted on June 14, 2010 @ 2:52 pm