chirohitoFeatured By OwnerJan 24, 2013Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that was a philosophical question itself. haha. not really... i dont think it is. what is the purpose of life? why? when? universe? pudding? think about it, humans always look for shortcuts or easy stuff right? they never use uneccassary work or thinking, its all just pointless. so why has philosophy survived throughout the centuries? humans are very curious beings.
I think philosophy can be a waste of time if all one cares about is to pick up a bunch of quotes from well-known philosophers to superficially impress others.
The deeper part op philosophy delves into questions about life, ranging from sciences to social contracts. The grueling job involves laying out one's train of thoughts out in the open then trying to piece together something coherent, whether it be a belief system or a scientific method. So. if one is willing to take time and energy for this grueling task, then philosophy is not a waste of time.
as with everything else, it depends on the circumstances... for someone who is materialistic and spends thier whole life chasing "things" then yeah, i would say that philosophy would be a waste of time for them... but on the other hand, someone who is spiritual and spends thier life questioning and looking for the deeper meaning behind humanities purpose on this earth then i would say that philosophy is very important...
depends on what you want...money?if you are good you can earn with it, a moral law?it is useful, try to understand the world?it can be. But as every over-construction it can or not be useful, but it is interesting and that's all.
It might be a waste of time in particular situations, if it does not change or improve someone's ability to think about the world, or if it's used as an escape from life, or if it provides no practical application. But that doesn't mean that philosophy in the general sense is a waste of time. At the very least, saying so would be ignoring thousands of years of human culture. Or ignoring the basis of the sciences in philosophy.
Sure, it can refer to things that are concrete, though of course it is not by nature concrete. That is, it's not about building something useful in a concrete sense, like a chair or a table, but it can ask questions about why something is useful and what makes it so.
Philosophy did lead to modern science. And science is useful. It also has bits of anthropology in it (as far as understanding how others see the world goes) which is very useful. And it's nice brain exercise.
i don't see philosophy doing anything useful. to be honest i took a few advanced philosophy classes. all i learned was how to categorize different people with mental perspectives on the world, and apply a name to them. But then it could be i'm just not one for overly complex disciplines.
God, no wonder you were disencouraged. One, Plato is not a philosopher. Two, Nietzsche and Marx are hard pills to swallow. Three, Aristotle requires close reading. Plus, philosophy is not meant to bewilder, it is meant to enlighten.
I wouldn't really think so. I could imagine if people really wanted it, we could get a philosophy team to determine what things were ethical once and for all, but the overly religious probably wouldn't like the answers >.>
Personal philosophy is what informs decisions. How someone views the world affects how they act in it, and it is one of the major driving force behind government decisions. Do you believe criminals are worthless and should be killed, or do you believe they're people who've made bad decisions and should be rehabilitated? Do you think all's fair in war, or do you think there should be limits to the kind of weapons used? Do you think people who use drugs are criminals who should be punished, or sick people with addictions that need treatment?
All rhetorical questions, but philosophy explores those kind of things regularly. How a government chooses to explore philosophy will impact the lives of those who live within it. On a smaller scale, your personal philosophy will impact how you interact with the world and others.