Lover of Wisdom: More Than a Lifestyle

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Lover of Wisdom:

More Than a Lifestyle

Anastasia McLelland

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Lover of Wisdom:

More Than A Lifestyle

Philosophy means “love of wisdom”, which begins with questioning; which to some would consider this skepticism. But as a philosopher, a lover of wisdom, you do not have to doubt something in order to wonder how something works, or why things are the way they are. I think when you wonder and begin examining it on every level, it is then when you find contradictions and begin to doubt. There are multiple disciplines of philosophy, in every area including language, ethics, religion, political, metaphysics, and so on. When taken out of context people use the term philosophy wrong when describing their philosophy on a specific topic is usually not conceived by the Socratic method but by opinion and sensory experience.

Charles Pierce states that everyone has a independent philosophy of belief on issues such as love, religion, death, morals, the role of government, and so on. These are lifestyle “philosophies” and can either be developed through elementary or sophisticated  techniques. Pierce states there are four methods in “The fixation of Beliefs” including:

 method of tenacity: fixing ones beliefs based on enviroment and personal relationships

method of authority: fixing ones beliefs based on authority (person, institution, or state)

method of intuition: beliefs fixed on independent experience

method of science: belief through sound reasoning and observation.

You commonly witness people hold the same beliefs as their parents and rarely question the validity of that belief and naively reject any other belief, and ultimately pass those beliefs down to their children. We are born ignorant and it is the parents responsibility to educated their children, however, it is ultimately up to the individual to whether or not to take up this belief, or hold steadfast to this belief. We witness this because we are not born racist or religious, this is a conviction that is taught through generations of personal opinion, which consequently has ultimately divided us and oppressed the human potential and disabled the progression for future generations.

It is important to note that truth is very important within philosophy, with sufficient evidence and arguments free of logical fallacies using deductive reasoning to come to a sound conclusion, philosophers must comes to terms with. The most valuable lesson my mother taught me was: seek the truth above all things, and I can't understand how when someone holds a individual philosophy so strongly when they don't know anything about and have not attempted to learn about it, instead only repeat what they've been told with circular reasoning and memorizing the argument by authority.

I've been often told I ask too many questions, and I've always had a natural curiosity. My first obsession started in third grade when my mother bought our first computer, and I was so entranced I was right under my moms feet observing every detail as she hooked up the computer. It was when she got us online I would never be the same again. The very expensive encyclopedias my mom had bought for our school work became yesterdays news. 

As a millennial, and growing up in the age of technology has been the very foundation to personal development. The world wide web was created in order to share information, and this has played a critical role in educating and the fundamental importance of freedom of information, even though we tend to learn outside of the conventional way, which has triggered a new generation of philosophers that refuses to conform to the status quo. Freedom of information is essential in philosophy, because without it; how do we come to a logical and sound conclusion without the knowledge that helps us understand our perceptions of the world?

The difference between the people who speak “their philosophies” from thought cannot inform their views with knowledge and work with unproven hypotheses instead of truth and leave it open for attacks because without full understanding their comprehension stops at a certain point. The people who work through the thought and observation information tear the topic apart on every level and have deducted every possible argument through logic and reason.

In Plato's “The Republic” Socrates uses a metaphor known as “the allegory of the cave” describing prisoners living in a dark cave with a fire burning and statues on a wall that manipulates the prisoners into thinking they are real people. The prisoners realizes the stautes and fire are more real than what he had believed before. Observing the fire and statues he understands how the fire perceived the statues to be real. The prisoners are dazzed from darkness to light is a symbolism to enlightenment, which is like coming out of a dark movie theater into the day light, it takes a while for the eyes to adjust.

When the prisoners exit the cave and see real objects trees, flowers, etc they realize these are even more real than the statues and have reached the cognitive state of thought. When fully adjusted to the light is when the prisoners understand what causes everything they see around them. We should not only have the goal of educating but pull everyone as far out of the cave as possible, education is not just about learning by repeating facts and testing to prove how much we have memorized but by the right desires of understanding.

 

 

 

References

Peirce, Charles. “The Fixation Of Beliefs”. Edited by Gould, James. “Classic Philosophical Questions”, ch. 2 The Methodologies of Philosophy; Four Approaches to Philosophy. 1989. Merrill Publishing Company.

Plato. “The Republic.

 


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