in Philosophy

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780192854216
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776700 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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It is extremely hard to avoid philosophy in everyday life, even with a conscious effort. Rejecting it involves measuring it against a system of values. Rejecting its value means rejecting the effectuality of certain types of thought and emphasizing the incapacity of humans to deal with certain types of question. So by rejecting it, a new voice within philosophy is being created. ‘Philosophy’ argues that philosophy must exist and that it shouldn't always be seen as abstruse and weird. What is the purpose of philosophy? Not all philosophy has sprung out of a need for a comprehensive way of living and dying. Most of the philosophy that has lasted has arisen from some pressing motivation to justify a deeply felt belief.

Keywords: René Descartes; Thomas Hobbes; Indian philosophy; Immanuel Kant; Karl Marx; Friedrich Nietzsche; philosophy

Chapter.  3307 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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