Thursday, May 16, 2013

A Type of Philosophy Manifesto

Re-posted from Yahoo! Answers:

If you study epistemology, you need a system

If you study ethics, you need relevance

If you study logic, you need answers

Philosophy should be coherent, referring to reality in terms of its specified qualities, such as absolute knowledge of absolutes, and skeptical knowledge of conditionals.

People should treat traditions with a grain of salt, but borrow deeply.

Every example of philosophy is also an example of literature, and should be criticized so that it may be perfected.

Spiritual attainments such as religious thought should be differentiated from the study of truth, which is itself differentiated from education.

Education should be easy, and encourage the student to think and out-perform him or herself, rather than other people.

All philosophers should be ambitious, but not everyone should be expected to teach.

Philosophy should realize the paradoxes, but it should also have something to say.

Philosophy should exist as a form of literature, but not a literature without meaning. Nor should it be mere logic, mere ethics, or merely 'think about thinking' (as in epistemology).

Philosophy should defer to psychology and politics when necessary, but also culture its own profound sense of originality.

Philosophers should be artists who comprehend graphical significance. Metaphors can be used, such as visions of birds, and crimson streaks in the sky.

Philosophy is the traditional revolution. It is the genuine student. It is the grasping after truth.

Philosophy can be both constructive and supplementary.

It can be didactic, and ordinary.

It can be technological, and visionary.

Philosophy is inspired by architecture and the soul, freedoms and wrath, humanity and immortality, poetry and dreams.

Philosophy is one of the major genuine sciences, and in its fine instances outperforms the arts, and re-invisions landscapes.

Think philosophy. Know philosophy. Do philosophy.

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