SAI asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 5 months ago

Is Religion / Philosophy stupid ? Philosophy has NOT changed in 2000 years. ? yes or no?

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  • j153e
    Lv 7
    5 months ago
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    Philosophies continue to be put forward, usually dealing with classic questions such as what is the ideal society, and/or based on fundamental questions such as what is Truth/truth, what is the Good/good, etc.

    Thus there are classical categories, and perspectival answers given in historical contexts (albeit often claimed to be timeless :-)

    There are second-degree footnotings or framings of e.g. Plato by Plotinus, Descartes by Husserl, and the like. In modern academic system-building, there are layers of interwoven thinking, e.g. Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty; Kojeve, Lacan, Badiou, and Zizek; Bergson, Peirce, Deleuze, and Sloterdijk; etc., with subsequent academically-supported systems-building of sometimes-notably byzantine, rococo, or even bizarre proportions, disproportions, and distortions.

    There is a feedforward among various measurings or sciences, such as psychology, and philosophers such as Husserl and Wittgenstein.

    Beginning around the fin de siecle, a significant increase in human cognition has occurred, whether in physics (quantum, cosmology, relativity), in logics (Frege, Whitehead and Russell, Godel, Cohen), maths (Hilbert, Peano, Brouwer, Poincare, Cantor), in philosophy (Husserl, Whitehead, Bergson, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and, imho, more evanescent manifestations such as much of neopragmatism, critical theory, post-structuralism, and some of logical positivism), and in religion (Baha'i, Ahmadiyya Islam, Christian Science, modern (post-Reform) Judaism, some of the new age groups, the work of the "lesser" Savior Sri Ramakrishna, Mother Meera, Meher Baba, and so on).

    p.s. In the general interest of truth-in-labeling, here is a reasonably-balanced article on one of the terms sometimes bandied about: and another on the straw concept seemingly (and ironically, subjectively) used in an achronistic, black and white fallacy:

    Would suggest that harsh, condemnatory criticism of an entire swath of philosophy in the mode of championing a type of thinking as the modern/only good mode is less helpful, especially if the term or mode is not given a reasonable presentation/explication by the would-be champion.

    • peter m
      Lv 6
      5 months agoReport

      (unlike the answer here - it reeks of digging-in-one's-fame-seeking-heels and of conveniently LEARNING FROM ONE'S MISTAKES)

  • Henry
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Those are 2 questions. No it is not stupid. Philosophy has changed loads!

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Philosophy has changed. It's an exploration. Exploration doesn't end.

  • Dejair
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    The truth is always the same ; but we can show artisticaly our comprehension. Super-health, shiny youth, comfortable wealth !

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  • 5 months ago

    Philosophy changes slowly, but there was a lot of development after the Renaissance. The philosophy of science is one such development. Materialism, vitalism, and economic philosophies like capitalism and socialism are all modern. Existentialism developed in the mid 1800s, and there is more.

    • peter m
      Lv 6
      5 months agoReport

      "existentialism" as explained now to students is a load of crap... get rid of your idea that "Philosophy changes slowly" hence IT MUST BE AFTER Truth - Nonsense that is & continues to be utter nonsense. Grow up a little & FIND OUT.

  • A C
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    Philosophy is just a fancy word for wool gathering. Most religion is stupid with the exception of Bible-based Christianity.

    • peter m
      Lv 6
      5 months agoReport

      I fear you have been right about philosophy - especially here among the relativist drongsters.

  • 5 months ago

    you should go online and see how many stupid people is out there, internet is stupid

    • peter m
      Lv 6
      5 months agoReport

      that people here or coming on here are not "clued up" to this most basic stuff...STILL !)

  • 5 months ago

    Philosophy is not stupid-for-not-changing.

    It has I believe mistakenly become like a religion with floored lawlike methods and a

    consequent collapse in its general aim to change existing behaviour for the better.

    Closely connected with science Philosophy has become a collaborator with

    its distinguished partner. And in becoming a collaborator it has to take-on

    responsibility for science's mistakes - mistakes now of an impending

    Environmental kind like Climate change which has until recently been

    thought of as a mistake solely by the scientists & technologists, Science

    in general.

    This odd reliance of philosophy closely becoming aligned with science

    has not been so much an unplanned thing. For it is a direct result of

    academic philosophy becoming & reverting back to a more personal

    & a more insensitive alternative to fact based philosophy - that is

    a learning area which has much-to-learn & so has much-behaviour-to


    This personal & insensitive philosophy goes by the old name of "subjective

    philosophy" as opposed to a more reflective academic sometimes known

    as objective philosophy.

    We would expect that being of the personal type of philosophy such would it

    be more closely integrated with its subject knowledge. But a quick look at

    its inner workings show that this is not the case. Two strands to this are 1)

    the personal & PRIVATE philosophies that you or I may hold based upon

    what we ourselves have learned individually through our different experiences

    & what all this has done to change-our-behaviour - where such behaviour is

    "deviant" from the normal uninspired day-to-day behaviour that most of us

    know & are aware of

    • peter m
      Lv 6
      5 months agoReport

      philosophy then students SHOULD BE VERY WORRIED ABOUT IT - worried indeed !

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