An Introduction to Philosophy

“Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.” – Francis Bacon

In order to understand the importance of philosophy we must first understand what it is. The word philosophy comes from the Greek and is translated to “love of wisdom”. Within philosophy there are many paradigms, which is basically a set way of thinking. In my opinion, the best paradigm was created by Edmund Husserl (1901) who coined the term “phenomenology”.

Phenomenology means that there is more than one way to look at something. This is a foundational paradigm because a majority of people both past and present are stuck in sedimentary thinking. Using this approach we can look at a problem, belief, or an idea from multiple sides, thereby gaining more information which will allow us to draw the best conclusion.

Philosophy deals with a multitude of subjects from epistemology (theory of knowledge) to teleology (study of the goal). Philosophy is more than a bunch of people sitting in a chair and thinking if there is a God (P.S. there is), but the people who dared to travel deep into thought to find wisdom, themselves, and God (P.P.S. He is there). It’s a way to think, to live, and to make sense of the world around you. It is for those who are not scared of life’s hardest questions, but instead tackle them head on.

A man by the name of Thales of Miletus (620 C.E.- 546 C.E.) was a Pre-Socratic Philosopher who is often called “Father of Philosophy”. A majority of his fellow philosophers and possible students included Anaximander of Miletus, Anaximenes, Heraclitus of Ephesus, Pythagoras, Xenophanes, Parmendies, and Zeno, to name a few, All these minds and plenty more, which will be discussed later, have been burdened with some of the hardest questions known to mankind. They began to examine and question everything. In their studies and thoughts they have dramatically shaped and changed culture, religion, science, and psychology.

Philosophy is by no means dead. People might argue it is a thing of the past or no longer needed. However, I agree with Socrates when he said “the unexamined life is not worth living”. Therefore, we need an understanding of philosophy so we that we may be able to live life fighting, not aimlessly, but with a purpose.

“So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control.” 1 Corinthians 9:26-27a

                                                                                                                                                                   Aaron Speer

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