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  1. I don't think that what philosophy does can be called discoveries. Rather, methods, approaches, and ideas. And if we reformulate the question like this, then the next stop is-what does random mean? Most often, when developing a philosophical concept, a thinker looks for an answer to a specific question or solves a problem. For example, in” inventing ” his categorical imperative, Kant sought the best way to solve ethical problems. In this sense, there can be no chance. But it happens that, while developing some philosophical concept, the author comes to unexpected conclusions. We can't know exactly when or with whom this happened, but the result can be a radical change of opinion. For example, a religious philosopher suddenly becomes an atheist, or vice versa. We usually call such changes the evolution of the philosopher's views (this is very noticeable, for example, in Nietzsche). But evolution can concern not only individual philosophers, but also a general philosophical view of a particular problem. Such changes can be observed in ethics (from Kant's “categoricality” through Nietzsche's nihilism to Mill's utilitarianism) and in other areas of philosophy. In a sense, this evolution can be called a series of”discoveries”.

  2. In philosophy, there can be no accidental discoveries, since sages know the world intuitively, without trusting the senses. Nei Jing advises: “Banish all extraneous thoughts, breathe in cosmic energy and free the mind from fetters.” Who but the sages, several thousand years ago, learned that our world is energy, and science only now confirms their discoveries. Maybe it wasn't the sage Pythagoras who discovered the geometry theorem, etc …? It's a pity that people are what they are!!! With respect.

  3. Were there any discoveries in philosophy? Discoveries are made in the sciences,but philosophy has nothing to do with the sciences. It's a parasitic pseudoscience.

  4. Philosophy does not make discoveries. The task of philosophy is to pose new questions and sometimes answer them with the same questions. A good example is illustrated in the dialogues of Socrates

  5. The fact is that the very question “are there discoveries in philosophy” is quite philosophical 🙂 I'm inclined to think the answer is no. All the main definitions of this term are more often reduced to the fact that it is a “form of knowledge of the world”, “discipline”, to a lesser extent – science. In philosophy, new ideas are more likely than discoveries.

  6. I have learned from my philosophy studies that there are no accidental discoveries. If they exist, then all of them are a natural achievement of the long mental work of philosophers. I came to my discovery, which was completely unexpected for the old philosophy, by my hard work. I, for the first time in philosophy, came to the broadest generalization that philosophy did not know about. In the system philosophy, society appeared as a unity of being and consciousness in concrete manifestations. In it, human life appeared as a dialectic of being and consciousness as a driving force for the development of society. I think this is a groundbreaking discovery.

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