Your Three Big Things

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
User avatar
chewybrian
Posts: 241
Joined: May 9th, 2018, 7:17 pm
Favorite Philosopher: Epictetus
Location: Florida man

Your Three Big Things

Post by chewybrian » September 12th, 2018, 5:07 am

What are the core concepts of philosophy that you find most compelling, useful, or interesting?
-------------------------

Here are mine:

1. Desire

Desire is suffering...when it is misplaced. It is critical to understand what is in your control and what is not. You are bound to suffer if you align your desires and aversions with things outside your control. Instead, focus your efforts on what you can control and remove any emotional attachment from the rest. Decide to want what you have, and you'll have everything you want.

2. Perspective

Socrates said people only act immorally out of ignorance. Remember that others are only able to do what they see as best, not what seems best to you. So, don't expect them to see things your way. They may lack information, or they may have misinformation, or they may have misinterpreted facts. They may have been indoctrinated to see things in a certain light. Or, you may suffer from any or all of these. It's complicated, always.

3. Essence

Existence precedes essence. At some point, you will gain the ability to decide what type of person you would like to become, and have the strength, if you exert it, to work toward that end. Yet, before you reach that point, you will have become a different sort of person. You will have been influenced by: family, friends, society, propaganda, advertising, etc. You can't afford to trust yourself. You must consistently encounter yourself and examine your own motives as fairly as possible in order to make progress.

Burning ghost
Posts: 2808
Joined: February 27th, 2016, 3:10 am

Re: Your Three Big Things

Post by Burning ghost » September 12th, 2018, 5:31 am

Nice question! I’ll have to sidestep it a little and offer something easier for me to decide on.

I’ll have to go for fields of philosophy rather than concepts (and one isn’t exactly strictly “philosophical”. I’ll also pick one for each (“compelling”, “useful” and “interesting”)

Compelling - Aesthetics: I have to cheat here because I would include theology within this field to a good extent.

Useful - Logic: Not strictly “philosophical” though.

Interesting - Phenomenology: Easiest pick for me. I make no secret of being extremely interested in part of Husserl’s work. This does tie into aesthetics as well as logic.

To try and answer your question more precisely I will now add to each some concepts that intrigue me.

Aesthetics - Beauty, Symmetry and Creativity.
Logic - Truth, Belief, and Knowledge (subsets: epistemology & ontology)
Phenomenology - Epoche, Horizon, and Subjectivity (see Husserl)
AKA badgerjelly

Fooloso4
Moderator
Posts: 3409
Joined: February 28th, 2014, 4:50 pm

Re: Your Three Big Things

Post by Fooloso4 » September 12th, 2018, 6:49 pm

Philosophy as a way of life -
Philosophy as a practical art. Writing and dialogue. The development of discipline and practice to control harmful desires and promote beneficial ones. Self-discovery. Self-knowledge. Becoming who you are.


Zetetic skepticism -
The limits of knowledge. Perspectivism. The priority of questions over answers.

Philosophical Poesis -
Truth and stories. Valuation and stories. Creating good stories. Determining what makes a good story.

User avatar
Hereandnow
Posts: 2017
Joined: July 11th, 2012, 9:16 pm
Favorite Philosopher: the moon and the stars

Re: Your Three Big Things

Post by Hereandnow » September 12th, 2018, 9:32 pm

There is only one: value. Others may crowd around this, but they all beg the question in the end: why bother?; and all bothering is because there is interest, fascination, intrigue, joy, indulgence of some kind and these and their kin are the subjective end of the strangest thing there is in all existence, which is value.

User avatar
LuckyR
Moderator
Posts: 3096
Joined: January 18th, 2015, 1:16 am

Re: Your Three Big Things

Post by LuckyR » September 13th, 2018, 3:56 pm

From my perspective while there are numerous Classical philosophical views, I find the theoretical implications/predictions of them to be of limited interest. Whereas the intersection of theory and reality to be much more interesting.
"As usual... it depends."

User avatar
Hereandnow
Posts: 2017
Joined: July 11th, 2012, 9:16 pm
Favorite Philosopher: the moon and the stars

Re: Your Three Big Things

Post by Hereandnow » September 13th, 2018, 4:29 pm

Intersection? Sounds right, but what does it mean?

User avatar
LuckyR
Moderator
Posts: 3096
Joined: January 18th, 2015, 1:16 am

Re: Your Three Big Things

Post by LuckyR » September 14th, 2018, 1:34 am

Hereandnow wrote:
September 13th, 2018, 4:29 pm
Intersection? Sounds right, but what does it mean?
Nothing dramatic, merely how theoretical philosophical ideas behave in practice (as opposed to the classroom or the textbook).
"As usual... it depends."

User avatar
Hereandnow
Posts: 2017
Joined: July 11th, 2012, 9:16 pm
Favorite Philosopher: the moon and the stars

Re: Your Three Big Things

Post by Hereandnow » September 14th, 2018, 8:09 am

Have you considered, LuckyR, that the intersection, the only real one, is within? The theoretical implications of philosophical views: any in particular?

User avatar
LuckyR
Moderator
Posts: 3096
Joined: January 18th, 2015, 1:16 am

Re: Your Three Big Things

Post by LuckyR » September 15th, 2018, 1:40 am

Hereandnow wrote:
September 14th, 2018, 8:09 am
Have you considered, LuckyR, that the intersection, the only real one, is within? The theoretical implications of philosophical views: any in particular?
Again you are correct... for individuals. I was referring to societal effects.
"As usual... it depends."

Eduk
Posts: 2109
Joined: December 8th, 2016, 7:08 am
Favorite Philosopher: Socrates

Re: Your Three Big Things

Post by Eduk » September 18th, 2018, 3:45 am

1. The unexamined life is not worth living. I value thought itself.
2. No one is an island. We are both effected by and effect others with our actions.
3. Treat others as you would have them treat you. A simple rule, if only more people could follow it.
Unknown means unknown.

User avatar
ThomasHobbes
Posts: 1122
Joined: May 5th, 2018, 5:53 pm

Re: Your Three Big Things

Post by ThomasHobbes » September 18th, 2018, 5:18 am

1. We are all homo sapiens, and as a species we cannot afford the luxury of race, nation, or any other exclusive clubs that provide benefits to some and deny them to others.

2. Most people seem to enjoy participating in their own oppression, so challenge everything and ask questions.

3. When all else fails listen to music and make sculpture. And when it does not, listen to music and make sculpture.

User avatar
Greta
Site Admin
Posts: 7356
Joined: December 16th, 2013, 9:05 pm

Re: Your Three Big Things

Post by Greta » September 18th, 2018, 5:57 am

I'm basically just interested in the nature of reality - of life (and not just biology), of consciousness, time, the cosmos and the nature of being. The usual stuff :)

User avatar
Thinking critical
Posts: 1793
Joined: November 7th, 2011, 7:29 pm
Favorite Philosopher: A.C Grayling
Location: Perth, Australia (originally New Zealand)

Re: Your Three Big Things

Post by Thinking critical » September 18th, 2018, 6:35 am

To better understand the nature of reality.
All concepts in regards to this topic interest me.

I find it interesting to analyse how other people think, some thought processes are complete opposites of my own.

Ontology > I like to attempt to understand concepts which I believe aren't accurate descriptions of reality.
This cocky little cognitive contortionist will straighten you right out

Post Reply