Dictionary Series - Philosophy: philosophy

After reading an article yesterday about The Death of Philosophy by John Lachs (2013) some questions appeared in my mind: can philosophy as the science in itself lose its value, and should people philosophize too much?

I think that philosophy is not only an important, but also an indispensable science in our life! Everyone, to some extent, is a philosopher, because he/she thinks, philosophizes and comes to some particular conclusions. And if one does not have his/her own ideas and arguments, he/she is just a robot, which without having his/her own point of view and perception of life, automatically act in such a way as others expect him/her to act.

Philosophy at any time helps us to cope with difficulties, as well as understand the basic values of life. I’m sure that at least once in our life we resorted to philosophical questions and arguments, and positions to give the most objective opinions and find the most suitable solution to a particular issue require knowledge in different spheres of philosophy: it can be ethics, religion, nature and science of materialism.

Anyway, when people try to explain everything from philosophical point of view, it becomes very difficult for us to understand them, as not all of us possessed knowledge in various aspects of philosophy. Eventually, we get bored. That is why in order to escape from this problem, we should find common “points of contact” and not “philosophizing” so much.

To conclude, I think that people should not always philosophizing as it will bring to misunderstanding, but I still think that the science in itself cannot lose its value!

© John Lachs 2013

John Lachs is Centennial Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, Nashville.