Defining Philosophy

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Philosophy is known as human knowledge, how we perceive it and how we think clear critical thoughts while seeking the solutions. Philosophy can be our way of beliefs and values, and how we consider making our choices. Although it is said that there is no simple answer to what is the true meaning of philosophy. To define Philosophy one must answer the question where does the word Philosophy derive from. The word Philosophy derives from the Greek. Its meaning is from two Greek words Philein, which means to love and Sophia, which means knowledge or wisdom. Philosophy was invented by the Greeks, they believed that any person who seeks knowledge; is a philosopher. We become engaged in philosophy every day, whether knowingly, or unknowingly. When someone asks us “what do we want for dinner? Or who do we think will win tonight’s game?” we are becoming engaged in philosophy.
Throughout life we have all thought long and hard about a decision we made, in doing so we have thought philosophically. It is said that a philosophical question cannot be answered in any straightforward manner; this is a common misconception. Many other misconceptions exist, such as that philosophy never makes any progress. Progress can come in any form of a question not just in the answer like, partial answers, questions unanswered and question clarified and subdivided these are all progress. There are also misconceptions in which one opinion is as good as the next or that truth is relative. To comprehend philosophy one has to read and think immensely in order to fully grasp the understanding.
When asking a question; we give an answer, like for example, “what color are your socks?” this is a factual question because we do not have to think about it and philosophize, so therefore we answer it straightforward. When asked a question, such as where do we see ourselves in five years, we will start to…...

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