As of right now, I have 0 background in philosophy, so whenever I try to read or argue, I fail to grasp easily, or argue affectively, the concepts or points being made. I have a choice of taking a history of modern phil. or a symbolic logic class this fall and I am torn as to which I should take first. :brickwall:
I myself have read nada philosophy, only philosophy I know, I saw on TV or been told.
Imo 99% in here fails miserably in producing anything meaningful/useful as the majority of their reasoning only lies in the pure rethorics, and has nothing to do with real life, thus a "mental mastrubational philosophy".
Imo it's about knowing and understanding the basic principles, thus one can predict that if a huge manmade terrorist attack would occur, then the public survaliance would increase, contrary to the rest of the class's oppinion and the teachers discussing DDR and it's Stasi survaliance, they thought it would be far less survaliance, 22 years prior to 9/11.
You should follow some simple rules to be a good philosopher.
- never be naive and blindly trust the masses/group, the celebrated professer just because he has 20 years of experience, nobel prize and everybody thinks he's right, remember Niels Bhor proved Einstein Wrong.
- don't give in to group pressure, but give in to good reason.
- be skeptic, but don't refuse things, just because they'r not plausible, but leave them as undetermaned, unplausible postulations can be right afterall.
- too many just runs off and apply "logic" to everything, when most logic will fail looking behind the obvious.
Dude 1: you can learn from myths.
Dude 2: you can't myths is per definition nothing to do with reality.
Hex: but those who dismissed something as a myth may be wrong, by being overly skeptical, or stupid, therefore you may have a chance learning something from a myth.
- never be ruled by emotion, when reasoning, be ruled by reason to abolish emotion, thereby make intelligent results.
- never stop searching for knowledge
- never stop questioning things
- never stop trying to make things a different way!
- if you'r not comfortable posting questions in public, feel free to pm me.