Why Study Philosophy?
Provide conceptual tools required to craft a fulfilling life
Motivation and intellectual abilities to explore life’s challenges
Metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics, logic, social/political philosophy
Continue examining underlying principles and methodologies of other academic disciplines
Wonder, wisdom, dynamic process, truth
Philosophy is the pursuit of wisdom
o Achievement of wisdom
o Contemplate profound essence of universe
Philosophy beings with wonder
o Search for unity of knowledge
o Synthesis and integration
Philosophy is a dynamic process
o Goal: creating enlightened synthesis
o Powered by conflict, divergent opinions
Ultimate Aim of Philosophy
o Complete liberty of mind o Freedom from all social, political, religious prejudice
o Care for well-being of soul
o What is it all about?
Thinking Philosophically: Becoming a Critical Thinker
The unexamined life is not worth living
Is there factual evidence? Do I have a compelling rationale for saying that I “know” to be true?
Logical or il