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May 4, 2012


John Hughson

I think this is an excellent and important point of view on what is philosophy. Wisdom has to be something inherent to the orientation of people, period... people anywhere. The best question we can ask, when we ask what is philosophy, is how do people in general approach wisdom and live wisely? What do people already do, generally, that can give us insights into what wisdom is? This to me is reminiscent of what was popular among Ancient Greek philosophers - this idea that mankind had a long tradition of wisdom that was at some point lost and only barely recovered by the likes of Parmenides, Socrates etc. I think this train of thought is important, and I think Heidegger was close to agreement with it.

the philosopher

Dictionaries only have the normal or typical definition of philosophy, e.g. an outlook on life (like Epicureanism), or the pursuit of wisdom (like Luciferianism believe it or not), but folk philosophy is simple, it instils action, it's not a learned, academic, field, or wisdom philosophy, examples are whimsy and wonder, form and function, (different types of dualism) and also syndicalism, which is a philosophy of the working class, but also a theory that creates action, these philosophies aren't the stereotype we know to be philosophy, yet at the same time they're common philosophies of the people, which has to be learned on the internet because no schools and no books teach them, the internet that uses them doesn't teach them either except syndicalism, therefore studying them is guesswork. They have to be understood rather than learned, they're not learned philosophies, that's folk philosophy.

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