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originally posted by: Willtell
Philosophy as a scholastic pursuit or enterprise is one thing and philosophy as a way of life is entirely different.
I ascribe to the latter reality. The former is a construct of facts and history the latter is a construct of beliefs and experience.
Therefore, the important question seems to be: what the constructs of ones philosophical beliefs are.
You don't know that love is real based off how you feel about someone, others do not feel the same about their parents. So they way you feel about your parents does not prove you "love" them, only that you precieve what you feel as love and you call what you feel love because you were taught that the way you feel about your parents is called love.
, and that's a very, very valid question in itself. I would argue that it's finding our own truth, individually.
is it the same question for all of mankind, or is the most important philosophical question different for each person?
it's ALL of that, an integral perspective we seek, and hope to understand about ourselves, the world, reality, and our place in it, as it relates to us.
Should I use philosophy to examine how I live my life, or is it more important to examine the true nature of reality?
originally posted by: Wang Tang
a reply to: luthier
I think you are on to something, and you clearly understand the nature of my question. I am seriously considering the possibility that "how do I act?" is the most important question, or close to it. With that said, I do see a potential issue. It seems to me your question can be interpreted in two different ways:
"How should I act?"
"How am I acting?"
My sense is that you mean to ask "how should I act?" But I would still like to clarify.