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0 posted 10-01-2000 06:45 PM       View Profile for Moon Dust   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Moon Dust

Is there right and wrong in philosophy? Or is it just life experiance of one person? Or maybe a group of people with the same experience. What is your perception on philosophy?


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Well at the risk of upsetting JP -- j/k man  

I defer to Nietsche who said it as well as anyone:

"Gradually it has become clear to me what every great philosophy so far has been - namely, the personal confession of its author and a kind of involuntary and unconscious memoir; also that the moral (or immoral) intentions in every philosophy constituted the real germ of life from which the whole plant had grown. "
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Guess I'd better think about that one

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I think Nietzsche had a good starting point, just seems to me that it is a little narrow.  Cetainly philosophy begins with the individual, but becomes so much more as the individual explores and applies processes of deep thought, logic, and study...


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What is philosophy?

I don't know. It seems to me that if we try to define it, it becomes either too broad or too narrow to be useful.

What exactly does the love of knowledge and the search for knowledge actually mean?

What is the relation between knowledge and truth?

In another thread I said philosophy was rhetorical criticism -- perhaps a bit unsatisfying for most people here but a valid one if one accepts Nietsche's (yes, I'm jumping on the bandwagon) answer to the question, "What is truth?":

"A moving army of metaphors, metonymies and anthropomorphisms, in short a summa of human relationships that are being poetically and rhetorically sublimated, transposed and beautified until, after long and repeated use, a people considers them as solid, canonical, and unavoidable. Truths are illusions whose illusionary nature has been forgotten . . ."

How about philosophy as the critique of common sense?

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