On Philosophy

Today, my friend recommended me to read a book by famous Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in which he coins the phrase “God is dead.” This phrase is one of the most recognizable within Philosophy and to this day Nietzsche’s works are required reading amongst many Philosophy classes at universities throughout the world.

I shot down my friend’s recommendation at first saying that Philosophy doesn’t interest me as I align more with the scientific process. Meaning, I rely on empirical data to come to conclusions on nature’s phenomena rather than rely on the conclusions of any one man’s reasoning. But this is a very narrow-minded approach to Philosophy employing a very narrow working definition of the term. In fact science has largely evolved through Philosophical means and the term itself is deemed to have been coined by Pythagoras: an accomplished mathematician and scientist. Now, that inherently doesn’t mean anything because as we know, in the field of science, we should question everything and ask ourselves why at all steps; that in of itself is a Philosophy. So Philosophy is not so much a doctrine on the workings of the world as it is an individual argument or opinion by which the nature of the world works. It’s an opinion.

Not even having a proper definition of Philosophy, I decided that I cannot critique that which I do not know. If I do not know, I must rather be quiet than to comment on. For this reason, I started reading Discourse on Method by René Descartes, another famous philosophical work by a renowned Mathematician.

My efforts to read philosophic works is to gain understanding into a topic of which I have no knowledge. And in such a topic, my functions are useless and my claims are baseless. Thus to advance in such fields in which I have limited exposure, I must learn. I must evaluate, read, extrapolate, and come to my own understandings and arguments against that which I learn. Unless I do this, my input is nothing.

This goes with all topics in life. You cannot critique or form a logical argument against something of that which you have no knowledge of. I would even go as far to say that you have no right to expect your opinion which is based on zero experience or insight into a topic to be taken seriously. Your opinion, in this scenario, is worthless. And similarly, my opinion about the study of Philosophy is also worthless.

Talk about what you know. Argue on that which you have insight. Be quiet on matters you know nothing of. And if you do not wish to be quiet in the future on such matters, learn about them and come to a point in which you can actually add value to related conversations.

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