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3/17/07 7:29 AM
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Indrek R.
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What is your understanding of what philosophy is? What is a philosopher for? I am reading Wilfrid Sellars´s "Philosophy and The Scientific Image of Man" and I am almost agreeing with everything I read. Very nice piece. Another book that gives some answers that I like is Strawson´s "Analysis and Metaphysics". But what would your answers be (I won´t give you mine yet since this would frame the discussion and it would go to the wrong direction) Greets, Indrek
3/17/07 7:51 PM
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ok, here is some suggestions: philosophy is about analysing and refining concepts, terms and problems in other sciences. And doing that in a clear and logic way.

Philosophy is kind of the metalevel to everything else.
3/17/07 9:35 PM
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Indrek R.
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Ok. So your suggestion seems to be that philosophy refines and clarifies what sciences do. This leaves philosophy without a distinct subject matter and without a very distinct activity apart from abstract meta-level reasoning.
3/19/07 11:42 AM
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Indrek R.
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I´ll wait a bit more b4 I chime in myself. What is your suggestion KneeUppercut?
3/19/07 6:02 PM
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a professor I had once said about this: "it is the subject matter of the courses you find, when you look up the courses being offered in universities' Philosophy departments".
3/19/07 6:02 PM
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3/19/07 8:46 PM
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Indrek R.
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Can´t say that I understand what you meant Giorgos...clarify please?
3/21/07 2:57 PM
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Indrek R.
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I am working on a paper which touches on this topic. If I get the beginnings done I am gonna post it here. OK?
3/21/07 7:27 PM
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O,K, I'll re-phrase: A professor I once had made the claim that the definition of philosophy is a big description; i.e. the subject matter of philosophy courses. So, when someone engages in 'philosophy', that person is engaging in a subject that philosophy courses deal with.
3/21/07 7:39 PM
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So what is a philosopher for? Well, according to this view, a philosopher can be many things: She can be a person, for example, discussing the existence of God, numbers, fictional creatures. Or she can be a person who is trying to define 'meaning', or what is ethical, or what 'ethical' means etc. The list is almost endless. It doesn't sound very romantic, and I admit I don't like it, but I can't argue against it. Philosophy is just THAT; i.e. what it examines. Now is that "that" something in particular, or something that could be pin-pointed? He would say 'no', it is what it is. Its discussions are pretty much self explanatory and we group them together to form the overall subject of philosophy. In certain cases, furthermore, it transforms/develops into something else; i.e. science; e.g. natural philosophy --- physics.
4/29/07 5:13 PM
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"philosophy is about analysing and refining concepts" I like this idea, where philosophy is mostly or entirely conceptual analysis. It seems to be the received view these days. (I think Frank Jackson is a proponent.) I'm sure if you Google "conceptual analysis" and "philosophy", you'll get some decent reading for a paper.;
4/29/07 8:17 PM
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Now I´m curious to hear Indreks answer!

Is your paper ready yet?
5/1/07 4:23 AM
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Indrek R.
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Not yet written but more or less thought out. I have to present it at a conference on 16-17th June. It´ll be up for reading by that time for you guys! Greets, Indrek
5/1/07 5:23 AM
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I see. No spoilers? :)
6/28/07 10:29 PM
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Philosophy - the familial love of wisdom.

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