The love for wisdom.
Intellectual exercise concerned with the nature of reality from humans point of view.
Deal with perennial problems of life.
Enquiry into the issues emerging in human life.
Revolving around social, political, moral, religious, racial, cultural, linguistic & economic spheres.
Explicating the real meaning of life or goal of life.
Rational discussions revolves around four perspectives; Metaphysical (Being), Epistemological (Theory of Knowledge), Ethical (Moral) & Religious (Believing in a Religion).
Philosophy develops fascination for wisdom which is different from knowledge.
Knowledge is acquired through sense organs & mind.
Wisdom is obtained through the influence of the spirit called the self or soul.
It starts with knowledge and then culminates in wisdom.
A philosopher thinks sincerely, seriously & systematically.
Life is full of mysteries, containing lot of miseries.
Life is a journey between birth & death.
A child is born, grows, marries, brings for offsprings and dies.
The doubt remains as to what happens to the soul after death?
How does a soul enter into the body before the birth?
Why are we born?
Why should we live?
Why are there so many hurdles in life?
How are we to overcome sufferings?
What is the importance of material life?
Is spiritual life superior to material life?
What are permanence & Change? Why are they caused?
How was the world created?
Is there a super power called God?
How is God related to the soul & the world?
Is the soul one or many?
What are appearance & reality?
Philosophy digs deep to find answer to these questions through speculative reasoning.
Philosophers develop their own answer in accordance to their intellectual calibre.
One think refutes the other and come forward with his own view points.
A philosopher inhales much more before exhaling, which means that a philosopher studies the environment in which he/she lives, the philosophical predicaments pronounced by the predecessors, the scriptures or literature available during the times to develop dialogue, discussions, arguments etc to sharpen the intellect before exhibiting his/her philosophical doctrines.
Almost all philosophers both in the west and the east have declared that ignorance causes misery & the only remedy is to acquire wisdom.
Philo + Sophia = Philosophy
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