“PHILOSOPHY BEGINS THE INITIAL JOURNEY OF
‘THINKING ABOUT THINKING'”
“Whence all creation had its origin,he, whether he fashioned it or whether he did not,he, who surveys it all from highest heaven,he knows—or maybe even he does not know.” Hymn from Rig Veda(According to Indian Philosophy)
In past, it wasn’t abnormal to have a philosopher on the payroll. Philosophy was thought of as a normal, basic activity – rather than as an unusual, esoteric, optional extra. But contemporary “Wisdom of Philosophy” notion has became “snippet of wisdom” rather which was very respectable and valuable in the past.
What is Philosophy?
“The ancient scriptures say that we are all floating like shells in a vast ocean of life. Even though everybody is born out of the same Consciousness, no two lives are the same. As diverse as our lives are, they are inter-dependent on each other and there is something to learn from everyone.”
The word “philosophy” a loanword from Greek, which has two root forms, “philo” which means love for/fond of/tending to and “Sophia,” defines – knowledge/skills/Practical wisdom. Thus philosophy is the love of wisdom and, in actual practice, the pursuit, study of, and enquiry into wisdom. Some great philosophers have called philosophy the art of thinking; others have described it as the systematic study of human thought and feeling.
PHILOSOPHY is a study that seeks to understand the mysteries of existence and reality. It tries to discover the nature of truth and knowledge and to find what is of basic value and importance in life. It also examines the relationships between humanity and nature and between the individual and society. Philosophy arises out of wonder, curiosity, and the desire to know and understand. Philosophy is thus a form of inquiry–a process of analysis, criticism, interpretation, and speculation.
Existence of Philosophy in Human Life:
Its history began long before written records were kept. It may have started when the first human not only perceived the sun, moon, and stars–and his or her own needs and desires–but also asked, “Why do these exist?”
The word philosophy comes from the Greek, which literally means the love of wisdom. So, true philosophy is to love wisdom, grow in wisdom, and apply this wisdom.
Most fields of study, such as physics, history, and economics, are mainly about providing us with knowledge of some sort. However, some fields of study are more practical, such as computer engineering, and they are mainly about providing us with skills. Practical fields are supposed to help improve our abilities, so that we can do something using them.
So, PHILOSOPHY begins the initial journey of thinking about “thinking”. Because most philosophers also think about feelings–the meanings of artistic feelings, emotional feelings, and intuitions–feelings should be included, too. In fact, there is one more step to take: one simply can call all thoughts and all feelings perceptions. Usually the word “perception” means what one sees, hears, smells, tastes, and feels by touch. Some philosophy does examine external perceptions.
Ways of Thinking about Thinking
As was said, philosophy is thinking about thinking. Another way of saying this is to describe philosophy as thinking about perceptions.
There are several primary ways in which philosophers think about perceptions. People use these same ways of thinking in their own philosophizing about themselves. There are a number of names for these patterns of thinking, and the more clearly you understand them, the more easily you can use them in your daily life. Here are names for six of them, their meanings, and some examples of them using fruits:
comparison–examining similarities (red & green apples).
contrast–examining differences (apples vs. oranges).
analysis–taking things apart to examine them (apple parts).
synthesis–fitting things together in new wholes (apple tree).
addition–asking what would happen if something were added to a process (growing apple-oranges).
deletion–asking what would happen if something were deleted from a process (growing apples with no crunch).