Free download of : What Is Philosophy
Each of us has a philosophy, even though we may not be aware of it. We all have some ideas concerning physical objects, our fellow
persons, the meaning of life, death, God, right and wrong, beauty and ugliness, and the like. Of course, these ideas are acquired in a variety
of ways, and they may be vague and confused.
We are continuously engaged, especially during the early years of our lives, in acquiring views and attitudes from our family, from friends, and from various other individuals and groups.
These attitudes also may be greatly influenced by movies, television, music lyrics, and books. They may result from some reflection on our part, or they more likely may result from a conventional or emotional bias. This broad, popular, man-in-the-street (common-sense) view of philosophy is not adequate for our purposes. It does not describe the work and task of the philosopher. We need to define philosophy more specifically; the broad view is vague, confused, and superficial …..