A philosophy is a way of thinking about the world, the universe, and about society. A philosophy is a group of ideas, worked out by a philosopher (someone who has studied ways of thinking about the world). The ideas in philosophy are abstract, which means that they are "things that cannot be touched." But this does not mean that philosophy is not about the real world. Ethics, for example, asks what we should do in our everyday lives, and metaphysics asks about how the world works and of what it is made. ~ Adapted from Wikipedia

Look at one of those sentence again: "The ideas in philosophy are abstract, which means that they are things that cannot be touched.' Formal, academic, "professional" philosophy is, indeed, abstract. It is abstract in the same sense as theoretical physics and pure mathematics--it isn't real, it isn't practical, and it is barely comprehensible for most people who have not really sold out to it.  But who am I to suggest you shouldn't go for it? Most of us who are only marginally attracted to formalized philosophy, there is a whole open world of applications that are generally comprehensible and, in fact, some are very practical. This is what we do here with Philosophy for Lifelong Learning, and it's what you can do with it for a lifetime of self-directed academic adventure.

 

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