What is there to be said about philosophy that hasn't already been said? What questions are left to ponder that haven't already been pondered? What realms of reality flee from all engrossing grasp of philosophy?
To be honest, I am not entirely sure what all is going to happen on this web page. I know that I will be posting my random thoughts and tidbits on my blog from time to time. But aside from that, is there much to be said on a static webpage about philosophy?
Well, perhaps I should start from the very beginning...that's a very good place to start. You see, I have always been a thinker. I think about a lot of things. I think about my actions, and how they affect the world around me. I think about perception. I think about good and bad. I think about a lot of things. I think about so many things, in fact (an odd word in and of itself), that it would be quite impractical to list such things here. So I will leave my future writings to reveal some things I think about. The point, however, is that thinking has led me to quite a bit of dialogue and rhetoric with my family and friends.
In addition to discussions with friends and family and strangers and what not, I have also pursued other means of chasing down my thoughts. I read quite a bit. I try to expose myself to culture. I've even dabbled in meditation, and quieting my own mind, and so on. The summation of all of these actions has led me to various unique perspectives on things. I will admit, foremost, that many of these perspectives involve bits and pieces of other's thoughts and guiding principles that I have unceremoniously usurped for my own interpretation of this strange phenomenon called reality.
I think that is probably what will end up on this page. It won't, forever, remain a seemingly pointless ramble of my thoughts. Rather, I will start to include some links and resources on this page that will help you, the readers, to understand what I mean when I say or refer to certain things. For instance, my use of the words Static and Dynamic are usually very poignant and purposeful. Hopefully the resources and pages I link to will help to develop, in quite a bit more detail, some of the things that I will inevitably take for granted in my "philosophical" discussions on this website.
Indeed, that sounds like good to me for now.
General Philosophy Resources
What I Mean by "Philosophy"
Whenever writing an entire webpage is dedicated to something, it is important to define precisely what is meant by references to that something. On this page I will be discussing philosophy, so let's talk about that.
Philosophy is defined, formally, as:
–noun, plural -phies:
1. the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct.
2. any of the three branches, namely natural philosophy, moral philosophy, and metaphysical philosophy, that are accepted as composing this study.
Well let's look at that definition. The first one states that Philosophy involves the rational investigation of truths. That's one hell of a limiting statement right there. Rational immediately implies a particular kind of thought mode (albeit a high quality one). Truths assumes there is such a thing (Epistemology, a branch of philosophy, studies this basic assumption in rigor). Investigation implies a type of method. Ignoring those three parts of the definition, however, we find the core content of the definition to be being, knowledge, or conduct. Now taken out of context, and without further development, those three items can stand as an interesting definition of philosophy on their own.
Philosophy is being.
Philosophy is knowledge.
Philosophy is conduct.
Does that hold true? I'm not sure. Those statements sound like some sort of chant out of a cult script. Nonetheless, those three acknowledgements come closer to my thoughts of what philosophy is than the formal definition.
What about the second definition? There is something about three branches that are accepted, and studying those three branches. Well that, in particular, is rubbish in my opinion. You see, forcing philosophy to adhere to three branches does a terrible disservice to all other thoughts and ideas that fall outside of those branches. Thus I think we should chuck the second definition entirely. Strict, rigorous taxonomy has no place in the general definition of philosophy. It most certainly applies to subsections of philosophy, Aristotle comes to mind in particular. However, it does not belong in a general definition.
So what do I mean when I discuss philosophy? Well to me, philosophy refers to thinking. In particular, it refers to Descartes' kind of thinking when he declared, boldly, "I think, therefore, I am."
That is important. So, for now, I will simply say that philosophy is nothing more than thought. Specifically, it is the kind of thought Descartes refers to when he defines thought as the basis for existence. Don't worry, if I am not making sense, that just means I am on the right track for philosophy. So we'll leave this discussion here for now and revisit it later, when I update this page.
Metaphysics of Quality Resources
Eastern Thought Resources