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Why are you Taking Philosophy What if a friend asked Why are you studying philosophy It is an abstract useless subject How would I respond I would ask my friend a series of questions in the attempt to reveal whether he has asked this questions based on assumptions or if he has reasoned out the practical uses of philosophy for himself and came to the conclusion that philosophy is an abstract useless subject My friends question has one main hidden assumption that I would attack what is abstract is useless To further illustrate my response to this hypothetical question I would like to create a hypothetical dialog in which I will do as I have said and attack my friends assumptions through asking a series of my own questions For the sake of this dialog my friends name will be David and I will be James David Why are you studying philosophy It is an abstract useless subject James Well David I am glad you asked and I would be pleased to show you the answer to your question but to show you the answer I must ask you a series of questions that will lead you to the answer David That is fine with me ask away James Great My first question is how would you define philosophy David I would say it is the examination of abstract useless issues James Would you say that examination of an issue would help you gain knowledge on that issue David Yes James What do you consider useful David Thats easy anything that I can apply in life James Would you say that the most useful things are those you can apply to what is most important to you David Yes James What is most important to you David I would have to say girls and money James OK thats good but do you mind if I take it step further David What do you
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