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  1. Philosophy is the mother of all sciences, not figuratively, but literally. First there was a man, and he had questions. Man philosophized to find answers: How does the world work? Why does the Sun rise? Why is the wind blowing? Why is the water wet? Why do children appear? Why do we want to eat? Etc.

    In the process of finding answers to these questions, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, anatomy, etc., etc. emerged, so philosophy was originally needed to study the world. Subsequently, we took out this section and the function of philosophy separately and called it “Science”.

    By entrusting science with these simple questions, philosophy began to study more complex and deep problems that are not so easy to explain. What is life? What is its meaning? What is good and evil? What is love? What is creativity? What is harmony? What will happen after death?

    Philosophical questions must sooner or later arise before a person. We usually refer to this period in life as an “existential crisis” or “midlife crisis.” Philosophy is needed precisely to provide comprehensive answers to these questions.

    Sometimes the answers are found in religions and religious-philosophical systems. Sometimes they can be found in the teachings of philosophical schools. Sometimes — in the works of individual thinkers who do not belong to schools. There were such thinkers in the ancient world, in the Middle Ages, and in the Renaissance, and now they also exist (for example, Nassim Taleb, one of the most famous modern philosophers). The philosophy can also be your personal one: it is usually a compilation of maxims of different authorship that are closest to you.

    Philosophy is the oldest, most inaccurate, most comprehensive, and most important of all sciences.

  2. There was already a similar question, but I'll answer it again (it obviously worries many minds:)

    In addition to helping to draw up the “personal constitution” that I have already mentioned, philosophy serves one important function in life: it keeps the mind open. Constantly being in a variety of sometimes contradictory ideas, a person begins to get used to the fact that the world is not black and white. It is difficult for such a person to “close”, having chosen the final and correct answer for himself. This can happen at some stage of life, but the next round can take it in the opposite direction.

    It is believed that philosophy seeks the truth. I do not agree with this: philosophy breaks down any truth, does not allow you to get comfortable and calm down. Well, or she is looking for it to break it beautifully later 🙂

    It turns out that philosophy teaches stability in an uncertain and unstable world, gives inner peace in the midst of chaos. Like the Taoists: let reality be reality and don't worry about it.

  3. Philosophy is not directly useful – neither for the national economy, nor for the mental mess. If philosophy becomes useful, and even for everyone , it is no longer philosophy, but dogmatics or ideology.

    By and large, the study of philosophy gives some effects (short-term and long-term, noticeable immediately or only in the future). Most of them relate to the individual, or rather how that person describes himself or herself and the world. Philosophy changes the picture of the world – the vocabulary and grammar of speaking about them. And already the language changes you or something in your life. However, sometimes the changes remain very decorative: unfortunately, the temperament or mental characteristics of most students of philosophy do not change, or even are aggravated by it.

  4. The same as the benefits of studying mathematics. Gymnastics for the mind. Get the whole body of knowledge in your head in order. Pumping abstract thinking. Improving your skills in working with concepts.

    Philosophy should be perceived as a kind of intellectual sport. The ability to play football (for example) is unlikely to help in everyday life, although it will improve some of your skills. But it is valuable in itself.

  5. The same as the benefits of studying mathematics. Gymnastics for the mind. Get the whole body of knowledge in your head in order. Pumping abstract thinking. Improving your skills in working with concepts.

    Philosophy should be perceived as a kind of intellectual sport. The ability to play football (for example) is unlikely to help in everyday life, although it will improve some of your skills. But it is valuable in itself.

  6. Any knowledge is a person's desire for the integrity of their life. He wants to be successful in life – to get an education and be needed by other people. The more people who need it, the more meaningful their lives will be.

  7. How can you even study philosophy? You can read the opinions of previously living people about their vision of the meaning of all things. It is impossible to study philosophy. You can continue to study it, using the previously accumulated experience of previous generations.

  8. Philosophy can only benefit a person. Therefore, it is directed at what distinguishes us from all other beings: our mental and spiritual spheres. It is unlikely to make you richer, more famous, or physically stronger, although it is also possible. It is more likely that philosophy will strengthen your spirit.

    It is important to understand that philosophy is less a speculative process and much more an effective one. Philosophy in the traditional sense is not so much study and reflection, but rather a special way of life based on the implementation of wisdom in life.

    Studying philosophy and being a philosopher are not always the same thing.

  9. “All sciences are more useful than philosophy, and none is better, because philosophy is the lot of a free man.” So said Aristotle. This is a very deep thought, as it points to the connection of a person with philosophy, which appears only in the first axial time, when the individual, the person, stands out from the genus and realizes himself as an independent existence. At the same time, philosophy immediately appears as a process of transition from myth (sacred and archetypal thinking) to logos (objective, natural word). Thanks to this discourse, philosophy becomes the mother of all sciences, not being a science in essence, since all sciences use logos and solve important and useful problems with their help, and philosophy is mainly occupied with human self-reflection, i.e., its self-understanding, i.e. it is subjective while science is objective and objective. Philosophy is not very useful in a pragmatic sense, but without it there would be no recipient of these benefits.

  10. Hello, Andrey.

    I would say that philosophy is not only beneficial, but also harmful. To each – his own. As folk wisdom says, not every question leads to good, you will know a lot, you will soon grow old. Ecclesiastes also manages: “In much wisdom is much sorrow” (Eccl. 1: 18).

    Socrates said of himself, ” All I know is that I don't know anything.

    Philosophy is the art of thinking. It is a way of understanding the world through the mind. In a sense, you can say that philosophy makes a person smarter. But is it useful? It depends on who is studying it. A devious mind in the head of a sinner is like a sharp dagger in the hand of a murderer (or maybe even a suicide).

    Philosophy has many directions: actually cognitive, moral, cultural, historical. It is important not to forget about moral duty when studying various ways of cognition and reasoning. If there is no solid moral ground under our feet, if there is no solid understanding of life and nature at the everyday and scientific level, then philosophy can lead to relativism (all-relativity). Everything is relative, there is no truth, but only opinions. It's dangerous.

    When a worldview is formed, there are firm attitudes to life, and you can study philosophy. First , it is better to read what he advises under the guidance of an experienced teacher. After that, when it becomes more or less clear, you can go on this voyage yourself.

    But you always have to be careful. Worldview is a subtle thing. And, if it is injured by random reading or talking, then you can either upset your life guidelines,or even go to insanity. Well, in other respects, do not be afraid, dear readers. I am referring here only to those who are seriously interested in philosophy. For the rest of us, philosophy is just verbal nonsense that they don't like to read or listen to. And it's better that way. You should study philosophy when you are ready for it. It's like a sport. You cannot comprehend everything at once, and every thing is comprehended in its own time. Better – under the guidance of an experienced teacher.

    Well, if a person is really ready and able to study, then this is truly a treasure trove of wisdom. A philosopher can understand not only himself, but also another person. He can put himself in his shoes. He will find his own approach to each listener, his explanation will be clear, because a real philosopher knows what to say, when and how. A real philosopher is a scientist, a teacher, and a writer. All these sciences he learns as he immerses himself in philosophy, and without them there is no real philosophy.

    Unfortunately, there are few real philosophers in our time, as well as few educated people in general. What we now call education is only a fragment of education, a prelude to it. Modern masters know only their own piece, are responsible only for their own area. This is an education for a narrow specialist. The philosopher has a holistic education. His knowledge is sufficient to reason about the meaning of things correctly. Such a person can create his own philosophical concept, give the world and society new ideas, and bring great benefits to people.

    Such are the great philosophers: Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, etc. They were, one might say, the encyclopedists of their time. They created philosophical concepts that influenced the entire culture of the civilized world.

  11. Well, let's say, first for the development of thinking and intelligence. This is what the German philosopher Hegel points out, that philosophy <and> “must provide formal education and exercise for thinking.” This is especially true of the human mind, and in so far as it concerns, as philosophers say, the highest cognitive capacity of its faculty. But according to philosophers, reason is directly related to philosophical science. For philosophy, like no other science, is a matter of reason. And with the help of it and all that goes with it, we will be able to ascend to the philosophical knowledge that is closest to the truth.

    In addition, philosophy and its knowledge can create and shape the consciousness and worldview in a person that should most correspond to the reality and the world around us. In this way, we can contribute to achieving our goals more effectively and effectively, so to speak, in order to improve reality and life, and, ultimately, most importantly, human beings. How can we not recall the German philosopher Schelling, who points out that “most people study philosophy not in order to become philosophers in their turn, but in order to acquire those great beliefs in their interrelationship, without which there is no independent way of thinking or dignity of life”, and when many doubts arise, “it is especially important and necessary that a courageous philosophy that penetrates all the depths of the spirit,

  12. Philosophy is a system of views on life. Ideally, it allows its owner to find a kind of inner core, emotionally react less to what is happening around them, more or less anticipate upcoming events, increase their survival rate in the environment, and also become more effective in bringing what they started to its logical conclusion…

  13. “Then came physics, mathematics..” No, my dear friend: mathematics is constant, unchangeable, and physics is the second philosophy, according to Aristotle. These sciences did not appear, but people simply discovered them, since the laws of the universe were before the appearance of man. Planets had a certain mass, diameter, orbit, already a certain force of attraction, a certain force of gravity, etc. Man did not invent this, all this was before his appearance.
    Unfortunately, philosophy uses the rational method, pluralism of opinions without recognizing the Truth, is chaos. This is an opportunity for everyone to act stupidly. Such a position is unnatural for human life. Leibniz : We can't prove supersightness. Freedom and reason are abilities of the rational soul, Aristotle: the law of contradiction ” It is impossible that the same thing is and is not inherent in the same thing, at the same time, in the same relation.” This is the law of thinking, the law of logical thinking. The opposite of,, is something in between (evening and morning). If we are talking about a variety of tastes, then the world is different, and if we are talking about a specific objective reason, the truth, then this is already a contradiction. Just as “the existence of God does not exist” is a contradiction, but it is possible to think of non-existence, that is, to imagine it. This is a logical representation, an abstraction, but not an ontological proof.

  14. First of all, the understanding that the acquisition of property, the acquisition of power and the fulfillment of sexual desires are not the only and true content of human existence

  15. First, let's formulate the question correctly.

    There is no philosophy as a subject for study. Philosophy does not have its own substratum of specific knowledge or facts. Philosophy has only artifacts – various articles and books with people's statements.

    Ergo: you can study not philosophy, but the history of the statements of “philosophers”. So the correct wording of the question is as follows:

    What is the use of studying the statements of “philosophers”?

    First, it is useful to determine exactly who the “philosophers” are. “Philosophers” are sapiens with a specific brain structure who have made the process of speaking about something their profession and means of earning money.

    The business of making statements about everything originated in ancient Greece. The people who started this business were called “philosopher” precisely in order to separate them from all other people who receive income from other professional activities. Other people also speak out and think about everything, but for free and without claiming to be particularly dominant.

    Now about the statements. In terms of their content, the statements of the “philosophers” do not stand out from the statements of any other sapiens who are tired of business and want to have fun with statements. Some of them manage to say something interesting, but most of them give out a simple and ordinary chatter.

    There are some individuals among the “philosophers” who place themselves too high above other people due to their inflated dominance. Such instances, like the typical representative of Hegel, begin to lose their boundaries and drive completely complete nonsense into space, falling into insanity from their own eloquence.

    The “philosophers” have fans and fans. These are the sapiens who don't know how to combine words themselves, but get passive pleasure from reading. And it is these fans of philosophy who continuously reproduce in words in the media their emotions of delight at the dominance of their idols. They also ask questions… They also go to the departments of philosophy (departments of studying the chatter of “philosophers”) and also receive a salary.


    It is proper for a person to know as much as possible. Knowledge is the foundation of intelligence. It is necessary to know not only about useful objects and phenomena, but also about life waste, including intellectual waste. The ability to separate garbage and waste cleanses everyday life. The ability to separate intellectual garbage cleanses the mind and mind.

    The statements of the “philosophers” are almost without exception the intellectual garbage of evolution. It is useful to get acquainted with it first of all in order to instantly recognize this garbage around you and clean it out of your mind.

  16. “In the history of human culture, the spiritual experience of cognition unfolds as a tree with three branches:

    Religion, Philosophy, And Art.

    Religion reveals the meaning of life.

    Philosophy of social thinking.

    Art – the beauty of thought,

    filled with religion and philosophy.”

    “Examples of cultural activities are imprinted in the spiritual history of mankind. However, in order to become culturally spiritual, each person must discover them in himself and for himself, by introducing, first of all, to the spiritual tradition, philosophy, and art. Man is called upon to enrich himself with a variety of spiritual knowledge, only then can he avoid both religious fanaticism and militant atheism, which are equally hostile to culture and spirituality, because they use methods of violence.”

  17. In modern Russia, upbringing replaces education. Education is based on giving a student or student the sum of knowledge, and not to bring up in him a person who is able to think creatively, creatively master the world around him.
    A deep study of the history of philosophy can serve as a foundation for creative development of thought, for fruitful and independent thinking. Only by assimilating the experience of philosophy, filled for many centuries, can we comprehend the true content and meaning of the issues facing us today. If a person wants to master the culture of thinking he needs a mental school! The role of such a school is played by the history of philosophy. No one is looking for the rules of grammar and arithmetic in their own way. No one learns geography from their own experience. And any scientist who wants to advance his science, or at least follow it, must know everything that has been done, what has been achieved before him. In philosophy, not everyone follows this simple rule; with us, especially, who have never known an intellectual school, random arbitrary philosophizing is a common occurrence; random readings and arguments, accidents of character and upbringing, in the absence of proper mental discipline, often determine our entire philosophy. There are such traditions, to renounce them, which means to give up experience and speculation and go mad, fall into idiocy and aphasia.

    Why do teachers, builders, and nurses need philosophy
    ? Philosophy provides knowledge on the most important
    problems facing each person, teaches
    the rules of thinking, forms a worldview, makes
    you think about the meaning of being. It helps a person to find
    his place in life not so much in the material, but in
    the spiritual and spiritual plane as a rational and sentient
    Gorelov A. A.

  18. A person cannot live without his own philosophy. Surely he must have his own system of views on the world and a guide to actions in this world? So everyone has a philosophy. And its own. Perhaps it can be a compilation from other philosophers, but it's better than nothing.

    What else is good about philosophy is that it can be adjusted in the course of life. Unlike religion.

  19. Philosophy is a way to learn about the world and your place in it! It will definitely lead to religion,to what a person cannot do without-this is without faith. This is the path to Wisdom, but the path of loneliness and suffering! Those who are not ready, let them not take up the study of philosophy!

  20. In the history of human culture, the spiritual experience of cognition unfolds as a tree with three branches:

    Religion, Philosophy, And Art.

    Religion gives humanity the meaning of life.

    Philosophy, culture of thinking

    Art is the beauty of thought, filled with the meaning of life and the culture of thinking.

  21. Philosophy is a way to acquire and apply knowledge. That is why its study is of applied importance. To be able to look at everything from different angles, from different points of view, to doubt the apparent and visible, to analyze the reliable and obvious – the minimum of advantages that it will enrich you. P.S. That is why the subject ceases to be mandatory.

  22. If someone thinks that the study of philosophy begins with the study of the works of Socrates or Pythagoras, etc., then I think this is a big mistake.The first philosophical works are found in folk tales, tales in jokes,in proverbs. Every book you read or study is a philosophy!!! In this world, everything you do is a philosophy. Whether it is family or state life, it is a philosophy. Special study of the works of philosophers of the world, this specialization is the theory of philosophy, but not philosophy. It's getting to know a stranger!!! Does it benefit students??? I don't know, I need to ask those who study the works of philosophers!!! It is not possible to study philosophy itself as WISDOM!!! This is my personal opinion! With respect.

  23. Studying theosophy and being a philosopher are two big concepts. What is to learn – – – is to receive information from the author who has learned this information.You do not know it, but study it, and of course your horizons expand.I think that this is its benefit, but no more!!! “Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is the past. Wisdom is the future”!!! With respect

  24. By studying philosophy, you will at least develop critical and creative thinking skills. Philosophy teaches you to perceive a different worldview, conduct a dialogue with the person representing it, provide arguments, and prove your point of view. The study of various philosophical concepts allows you to go beyond the obvious, reflect, and maybe even answer the question of a person's place in the world.

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