Relevance

The chapter 7 bankruptcy attorneys California division probably doesn't feel that philosophy has any bearings on the way they conduct business but they'd be wrong in their way of thinking. If you take the basic fundamentals of philosophy and break them down as the general problems that concern such things as justice, knowledge and truth, then not only should the bankrupts lawyers feel that philosophy is relevant to them today but it's hard for anyone in general not to feel the relevance that philosophy has on them.

Whether you're a philosophy major or someone who has never taken a philosophy class in your life, you're always thinking or asking questions. Even of the most basic things, such as laser hair removal procedures. What makes one partake in such a procedure? Is it necessary? Where do the roots of the hairs go? These are fundamental questions that on their own seem preposterous but when asked for a specific reason, they lead to determining the deeper reasons or meanings of why one would want to use a laser to remove their hairs. And that is usually one of the reasons why you want to know about philosophy. You feel that you need to know the deeper reasons behind life. It's natural to want to know the why or the how behind everything and anything.


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Wanting to know is why philosophy still plays a major part of our lives to this very day. We may not fully practice philosophy in our everyday lives like the Romans, who would leisurely practice philosophy in their spare time or the ancient Greeks who would spend their days receiving prophecies in the Delphic Oracle, but we still use deductive reasoning and thought in pretty much every aspect of our lives. The coach of the losing team in a girls' hockey tournament has to decide if with one minute left in the game does he take his goalie out and risk the advantages that come with having an extra player on the ice or does he leave the goalie in and hope his team ties the game up? It may not seem like a typical philosophical thought but it is part of the thinking that is known as the philosophy of hockey. He has to weigh all of the pros and cons and decide what's the best thing to do to win the game? How different is that from Carl von Clausewitz's musings and observations about the purpose of war? Or Sun Tzu's book The Art of War, which is still referenced today by many world leaders?

People sometimes see philosophy as just idle speculation until one takes action to find out the facts. No matter how much philosophizing the Newmarket real estate Association does in determining what the best prices are to sell their waterfront condos, eventually they have to go out and see what the market is and pick a price. Through that thinking, philosophy can seem pointless but sitting around wondering the market prices leads to an interest or need to know, which is basically what philosophy is all about. They had a nature to find out an answer and eventually went out to discover it for themselves. As much as we might think philosophy isn't relevant today, it's hard to argue that we don't have an innate need to find the answers of everyday questions, even if they're as simple as determining what the market prices for waterfront condos are. There is a goal or an end game to most questions or situations and we use philosophy to find those answers.

Philosophers had more time in the past to enjoy whatever musings they had whether they were thinking about how to make government work more for its citizens or how too much government control could lead to citizens being fearful of that very government. Sound familiar? We may call that the fear of "Big Brother" or conspiracy theories but they're still prevalent thoughts today. One of the main arguments is we don't have enough time to waste the day away or whatever little free time we have can't be wasted to have discussions about philosophy. But the counter argument is that with the advent of social media websites, information is more easily accessible than it once was and that you could post your musings about how war is not necessary on your Cabbagetown blog and it can be read within seconds by someone else in Milan, Italy. Philosophers may have had more free time but we have the ability to use technology to spread our philosophical thoughts in today's society that they never had. Philosophy is still relevant today because it still plays a major part of our lives.





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Understanding Philosophy


Wednesday, April 16, 2014