Chapter 12. CONCLUSION
In this last module we are to examine the nature of
Philosophy itself. This topic
"What is Philosophy?" is one of the Issues in Philosophy.
It is one of the perennial questions.
Philosophy is the only discipline of thought in which to ask
"What is Philosophy?" remains a questions within the discipline.
For example if you were to ask, "What is Biology?" the
attempt to answer that question is not an activity that is part of biology
itself. the answering of the
question "What is Biology?" does not involve the study of life.
Likewise, asking and answering the questions: "What is
Poetry?" or "What is geometry?" are not activities that are
themselves either poetry or geometry.
Only Philosophy has an examination of its own nature as part of its
In the next
and last section I shall offer my views of the topic of
Philosophy. I shall present
and explicate the following notion of what Philosophy is and something of
Philosophy is the most critical and comprehensive manner of thinking devised by human beings.
Before going to my own concluding thoughts on the nature and future of Philosophy you might want to listen to some mildly amusing comments on and about Philosophy by the actor and comedian, John Cleese. They were offered in the first chapter and hearing them now or again now they may have a different meaning and value for you.
They are available at: http://puffin.creighton.edu/phil/John_Cleese_on_philosophy.htm
What is it that
philosophers do? (0:55)
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