Should We Philosophize
Should We Philosophize ?
Given that philosophy literally means "the love of wisdom", the question can be rather simply stated as "Should we think?". While it may seem trivial, it still needs to be investigated. Let me attempt to understand this question by breaking it down into parts. The affirmative answer is subject to 3 underlying premises as I understand it.
First belief that all of us possess is that we are free agents with an ability to exercise choice. Although free will is far from understood, the so-called "illusion" of choice is a rather strong one. Even though, as biological entities, we are born with an intricate web of instincts and desires, there does seem to be a part of us which has the power to veto. Call it the conscious mind or the self-aware brain, the whole exercise becomes futile and leads to nihilism if we give up this premise that we have choice. The fact that you are asking the question "Should we think?" implies that you already acknowledge the choice of not philosophizing. Neo said it rather succinctly in The Matrix: "The problem is choice".
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