Do you consider yourself a philosopher?

Use this philosophy forum to discuss and debate general philosophy topics that don't fit into one of the other categories.

This forum is NOT for factual, informational or scientific questions about philosophy (e.g. "What year was Socrates born?"); such homework-help-style questions can be asked and answered on PhiloPedia: The Philosophy Wiki. If your question is not already answered on the appropriate PhiloPedia page, then see How to Request Content on PhiloPedia to see how to ask your informational question using the wiki.
Post Reply
Toronto
Posts: 150
Joined: April 19th, 2009, 2:03 pm

Post by Toronto » May 2nd, 2009, 2:25 am

By what the word philosopher means, every body is one since every body loves to be wise..with most not knowing that how to be wise is in Love of fools, since the first thing a wise man knows is that he is a fool.

Certainly in the Socratic view, not everyone loves to be wise, nor everyone be a philosophers. Most seek eros. Only the few philosophers seek wisdom and reason that transcends the love some have for that which they know rather than that which is truly worthy of loving (the Socratic view, not my own).

It works out to the same thing when you love opposites and see that opposites are composites.

Composites? I'm not sure exactly what you mean.

So how can you rule without philosophy when at the same time you have a philosophy that no philosophy rules? lol

Aha. Here is how I should defend Socrates. Opinions held by philosophers are not themselves philosophy, it is the questions that are. Yes that is an opinion in of itself (perhaps Socrates might disagree), and hence it would seem the practice of philosophy is rather un-philosophic, as it holds opinions as to how philosophy should be practiced.

Was some sentence-ending word omitted?

Yes, I apologize.

The opinions reached through philosophy are not themselves philosophy.

The Libertarian
Posts: 1
Joined: August 30th, 2009, 3:28 pm

Re: Do you consider yourself a philosopher?

Post by The Libertarian » August 31st, 2009, 11:36 pm

philoreaderguy wrote:Do you consider yourself a philosopher? Do you think other people do? Why or why not?


Once you have asked this question, you are considered to be a philosopher.

Society
Posts: 10
Joined: September 2nd, 2009, 2:11 pm

Post by Society » September 2nd, 2009, 2:15 pm

Yes, unfortunately I am a philosopher. It started with questions of the existence of god, and lead to questions of my own existence without a god. Sadly I can’t help but feel I would be happier if I believe in god (or any religion for that fact), but unfortunately this is not longer possible. The only option I can see to avoid nihilism is a big Nietzsche’s “Yes” to life. But this requires unflinching strength which is difficult to maintain indefinitely. Honest philosophy is the pursuit of the young, we older philosopher must lie a little for in the end we know a little white lie never hurt anybody.

User avatar
kk23wong
Posts: 114
Joined: June 28th, 2009, 4:23 am
Location: Hong Kong
Contact:

Post by kk23wong » September 5th, 2009, 10:19 am

Philosophy is a sound.
Philosophy must be sound.
Philosophy is a life-style.

Philosophers must be real.
Philosophers must be fame.
Philosophers must be truth.

Philosophy is my lips.
Philosophy is my jobs.
Philosophy is my life.

Philosopher is not a name, but honor.
I have the youngest one.

Teru Wong
Last edited by kk23wong on September 24th, 2009, 12:18 pm, edited 2 times in total.

tmv
Posts: 111
Joined: June 3rd, 2009, 10:33 am

Post by tmv » September 5th, 2009, 8:50 pm

This is a philosophy forum, who here wouldn't consider themselves some version of a philosopher? It's such a lose idea. It's not like asking who here is an CPA or a lawyer or a an author. As long as you can think and like to do it, sure you're a philosopher why not. The only question is what kind of philosopher are you.

MooShim
Posts: 1
Joined: September 21st, 2009, 9:59 pm

Post by MooShim » September 21st, 2009, 10:16 pm

i agree with the statement that all are philosophers, it just depends upon what type you are. For example, i place just as much value upon Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, as i do George Carlin's Brain Droppings. Both, in my mind, are philosophers, just in their own groups.

As for me, i try to take on every aspect of philosophy, and as this being an impossible task, it further backs up the idea of philosophy itself.

DeepThoughts
Posts: 3
Joined: September 22nd, 2009, 1:05 pm

Post by DeepThoughts » September 22nd, 2009, 1:12 pm

I do consider myself a Philosopher.I use various Philosophical disciplines to find answers to many of life's questions. :D

User avatar
heliocentrism
Posts: 29
Joined: October 1st, 2009, 8:02 pm
Location: Somewhere

Post by heliocentrism » October 6th, 2009, 8:16 pm

I consider my self a philosopher in the most basic sense. Although I usually prefer philosopher enthusiastic. Most people call me a deep thinker, although do usually seem to consider me a philosopher if I discuss it. (Being a high school freshman, most of us don't know to much about philosophy voluntarily).
All men by nature desire knowledge

magpies
Posts: 86
Joined: July 30th, 2009, 10:35 pm

I am.

Post by magpies » October 6th, 2009, 8:25 pm

I am a philosopher.

User avatar
Laughing Man
Posts: 125
Joined: October 1st, 2009, 5:07 pm

Post by Laughing Man » October 6th, 2009, 10:29 pm

How can an individual answer this question without asking another question?

That to me would define a philosopher better than any statement.

Do i consider myself a philosopher?

Perhaps not.

I make no claim to be such; I am merely seeking knowledge and greater understanding of what i don't understand or know.(which is a great deal i'm afraid)
I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes...

Naff-Naff
Posts: 1
Joined: October 21st, 2009, 2:19 pm

Post by Naff-Naff » October 21st, 2009, 2:38 pm

Yah i do, i've always had these thoughts about life and how love connects us all, but being 16 i've never really let these thoughts out till i found this website, can't wait to join some more disscusions.

Belinda
Contributor
Posts: 13760
Joined: July 10th, 2008, 7:02 pm
Location: UK

Post by Belinda » October 22nd, 2009, 5:57 am

Being an academic philosopher usually includes being able to a significant extent being able to do critical thinking.Even primary school children can be capable of critical thought but unfortunately, as it seems to me, the man in the street who reads nothing but the Daily Mail or listens to nothing but Fox News is not one who does critical thinking.
Socialist

athena
Contributor
Posts: 944
Joined: June 11th, 2009, 10:18 am

Post by athena » October 22nd, 2009, 10:07 am

What is critical thinking? What are the rules for argumentation? Both are something that requires education in the doing, and not I adequately educated, for critical thinking and argumentation.

I lack the discipline or motivation to fully study any philosopher, and haven't come close to studying all the philosophies. I just know the more modern a philosopher is, the less interesting he is to me. I also think the whole of philosophy is lacking female input, I wish I had the motivation to do something about this.

Philosophy is a love of knowledge, and I do count myself as among those who love knowledge. But technologically, I lack the skill and knowledge of a philosopher.
born to master the art of love

User avatar
Lotus4
Posts: 20
Joined: December 22nd, 2009, 1:13 pm

Post by Lotus4 » December 30th, 2009, 9:39 am

i have no idea!i just ask a lot of questions and try find an answer to them but i hardly come across an answer i just draw to some kind of conclusion...and because it still bothers me that there are no answers i ask my friends and they say i think too much...and although it inspires misery i like finding logical conclusions to better understand some things

User avatar
Theboombody
Posts: 90
Joined: April 28th, 2010, 8:23 pm
Favorite Philosopher: Diogenes the Cynic

G-rated Shock Value

Post by Theboombody » April 28th, 2010, 8:42 pm

Once you have a unique name for your philosophy, then you're a philosopher. My philosophy is G-rated shock value.

Post Reply