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What does one think when they hear the word Philosophy Before I began this class I really had no idea what the word Philosophy meant I use to think it dealt with a bunch of really smart people trying to figure out the answers to lifes most basic and essential questions For example Why are we here Is there a God Is their life after death Etc What I failed to realize was that not only does Philosophy answers these questions but it also gets us to question things that we never once thought of before Take a chair as an example When one looks at a chair they see something that their mind recognizes as a chair However do we know for sure that what we are looking at is actually a chair and not a table or a couch In asking these types of questions and then trying to answer them we in turn are gaining knowledge and wisdom What then is Philosophy It is the love of wisdom Its going out and asking questions to learn things we did not once know before Philosophy as a discipline is something that we study Philosophy as a personal activity is something that we can live out What does this mean Take Christianity as an example Jesus the model of all Christianity was in fact a philosopher We as Christians try to live out to the best of our ability what Jesus preached Treating our neighbor as we would want to be treated is an example of a form of conduct that Jesus preached Whether we choose to live according to this conduct our personal activity is solely up to the individual himself We could also say that a discipline is a branch of knowledge and learning We study medicine to gain enough knowledge to become a doctor this branch of learning is that persons discipline How he goes about performing the duties of his
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