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  1. The main function of philosophy is to create tools for rational discussion of those issues in which it is impossible (at the moment or in principle) to give an unambiguous, concrete answer. Philosophy does not provide definitive answers to these questions, but it creates mechanisms to create and gradually improve the answers we have.

    Another function of philosophy, related to the one mentioned above, is that philosophy forms language. It creates a new vocabulary that we can use to make sense of reality. “Single” and “multiple”, “quantity” and “quality”, “thinking”, “consciousness”, “reality”, “matter”, “analysis”, “synthesis”, “deduction”, “induction”, “politics”, “state” and many other words appeared and found their meaning in the context of philosophical discussions.

    Words, in turn, have a fundamental meaning. Without an adequate vocabulary, we cannot not only solve, but even raise serious questions. Interestingly, this point was played up in Orwell's 1984, where the totalitarian government created an artificial language called “Newspeak”, which itself was a way of indoctrination and in which it would be impossible to think of a political protest. Philosophy, on the other hand, teaches how to deconstruct such linguistic limitations (in the words of Ludwig Wittgenstein, “philosophy is a struggle against the enchantment of the intellect by means of language”); philosophy is going beyond the “obvious” (in the sense of “evidence” established by a certain society, language, etc.) and creating fundamentally new opportunities.

    Consider, for example, how the idea of innate, universal, and inalienable human rights fundamentally changes our relationship to other people and the relationship between the individual and the State. But how many centuries of intellectual progress did it take to reach it?

  2. This function varies depending on the specific historical period. And she's not alone.

    One of the permanent functions is the rational justification of moral decisions. Ethics constantly answers the question of why one should act this way and not otherwise. In this regard, it is irreplaceable.

    Philosophy is especially in demand in the methodology of science, as a way to clarify and analyze the basic concepts and axioms of various disciplines. Sometimes even think about how it was with the “atom”. At the same time, the philosophy of science studies the laws and principles of scientific knowledge, suggests them, as in the case of verificationism.

    Of course, you should not write off the functions of personal meaning-making. Every person needs to answer basic questions about the meaning of their existence, and in this regard, philosophy is sometimes known to be comforting. Let's say that reading Wittgenstein can completely save a person from an existential crisis, giving them the understanding that this is just a linguistic delusion.

  3. The goal of philosophy is “knowledge of truth” and in it the second is “the meaning of being”. One cannot be separated from the other, as it was once said – ” Truth must be understood not only as a substance, but also as a subject.” The goal is noble and lofty, but recently philosophy has lost its former greatness. There was a rollback, in fact, historically necessary. The latest opinions appeared, but empty and meaningless. It is alleged that modern philosophy should not be ahead, but only obediently follow other sciences, like a blind man following a guide. Although the guide dog seems to be already at a dead end. Some official and even distinguished figures from a withered philosophy, having digested the benefits of positivism, arrogantly look at its past as something erroneous, as if they themselves possess the truth. But they only create the appearance of violent activity and engage in random tasks shamefully forgetting their purpose.

  4. If we talk about it in purely scientific and theoretical terms, then its “function” is to unite all the individual sciences in its own philosophical system. This is what the German philosopher Hegel points out: “Philosophy is the soul of all sciences. It elevates them and encourages them to develop further.”

    This is due to the fact that it is philosophy that is accessible to cognition and then knowledge of the goal of the whole (world). And based on this knowledge, it must define the boundaries of each of the sciences and unite all of them to achieve this goal. This idea runs through the entire history of classical philosophy.

    Moreover, it is precisely philosophy that has to learn the essence and nature of knowledge. What is it, how does it arise, how does it relate to being, etc.

  5. Or, if not so academic, why is it needed and what does philosophy provide? Philosophy is designed to help you see what is really there. Usually we are surrounded (fenced off from life) by our own assessments, preferences and rejections of something. Philosophy helps to “push” all this aside (in philosophical language, this procedure is called reduction) and look at the world through the eyes of a person “seeing the world for the first time”. What does this mean? You don't see your illusions, but what is. And it is important to accept it. Not to evaluate, but to accept (to accept without evaluation is possible only in the state that philosophy practices. Existential, transcendental state), and then you can set (broadcast) what you want to live in and how you want to live. If it comes from being (in the esoteric tradition — from an external intention), then it will certainly happen. Try it))

  6. The task of the discipline of philosophy is to free the spirit from the bonds of the senses and raise it to the realm of pure thought, to the vision of eternal truth, goodness and beauty.

    From this point of view, Lenin's definition is also correct. The main task of philosophy is not to describe the world, but to change it.

  7. The main function of philosophy and the history of philosophy is to inculcate (form) the human individual the ability to think theoretically in order to adequately understand reality in its historical and logical sequence of development and reflect it in the direction from abstract concepts to concrete ones.

  8. What do you think is the main function of wisdom? You want to turn philosophy into a science, but you won't succeed. Just as it is impossible to turn a man into an ape, so it is impossible to turn philosophy into science. And don't try to do something that won't be done. “…the lower nature extracts only the lower ones from matter. But every power that is attached to the Higher will draw on the Higher. This law should be remembered.” Zhang Dai: “The sage knows intuitively, without trusting the senses. My ego and all the manifestations of the universe are identical.” This is the main function of philosophy!!! With respect.

  9. Philosophy is the science of science, It is generated by science as an organon (tool) for the theorization of all sciences. Its first methodological function is to create a technology for the essential explanation of objects by sciences. Its second function is the systematization of sciences (it is usually called the classification of sciences) in order to determine their boundaries. Its third ontological function is to provide an initial system of categories as the basis for constructing theories of all sciences.

  10. To interest sapiens in what would unite and bring people together in understanding and realizing the involvement of everyone in maintaining the possibility of harmonious cooperation of entities that have somehow formed in the universe.

  11. The main function of philosophy is the soul-spiritual map, the actual movement of man in this world.The path is not easy,it is riddled with many obstacles,and it is precisely philosophy that makes the path more passable.Offer an explorer of the earth's interior, for example, to jump with a parachute? Unlikely to agree, the reason? Not that philosophy.And so on.The difficulty in understanding the processes that are taking place,but with proper perseverance, this is also revealed.

  12. Perhaps the main function of philosophy is to find out the connection of everything that exists, to unite various areas of human knowledge. Philosophy tries to unite scientific disciplines-physics, mathematics, natural science, etc., to give general principles of knowledge, being and relations of man and the world. But perhaps the main question of philosophy is thinking about the purpose and meaning of our existence.

  13. Functions of philosophy — the main areas of application of philosophy, through which its goals, objectives, and purpose are realized. 2. The worldview function contributes to the formation of the integrity of the picture of the world, ideas about its structure, the place of a person in it, the principles of interaction with the surrounding world.

  14. A human ship is doomed to wander in the ocean of life, overwhelmed by waves of emergencies, problems,addictions, extra cargo, etc. Where to go?and how? Nearby are leviathans, sharks, and octopuses.Not every Navigator, knowledge of the route is almost zero😞 That's why human ships are sinking,even often in whole squadrons “Philosopher-Navigator”.So people of all classes were looking for them, in different places.It is known from experience that the best Orthodox saints,at the very least, are the Orthodox writings of the Gospel,the Fathers, etc .but they must be understood.Competent wiring of the Whole person, with minimal losses, to the final goal, because death is only a transition to eternal life

  15. The main goal of philosophy is to fantasize about the meaning of people's lives; to talk a lot, i.e. to engage in full-scale chatter, inserting “smart” philosophical terms that make the philosopher's speech even more incomprehensible (sometimes even to themselves) and move further away from the essence of the question; to pretend to be a thinking and sane person, although in fact it is not, etc. The main goal of philosophy is to distract people from God, from his wisdom. Because only God, as the Creator, knows why he created us. Everything else is made up by people. And philosophy, as an invention of people, does exactly this – the continuation of fictions…

  16. Тезис:
    **Философия это имитация интеллектуальной деятельности.** 

    Imitation is characterized by the fact that formal signs of activity are observed, but no practical result is observed. Philosophy is a game of reasoning for the sake of reasoning.

    It would seem that following the confusing “philosophical” even if meaningless reasoning can be useful at least as a brain training. For example, brain training by reading dialogues of Plato or others like Dionysius Ariopagite and so on. it looks like a good activity. We know that any intellectual tension increases the number of synaptic contacts between neurons, and therefore increases intelligence. Alas! In the case of philosophy, this comes at the cost of wasted time.

    All and without any exception the arguments of the “philosophers”are empty and whistling. This is not just my clear opinion. This is also shown by the objective history of civilization. All “philosophers” have been known for most of their existence in closed populations. External populations successfully and most importantly independently built their lives without suspecting the existence of small-town thinkers. Sometimes, after a few centuries, they could learn about this or that” brilliant philosopher ” and even get carried away by reading his thoughts. The West could learn about the East, the East about the West, all together about China. And there are also African traditions of reflection or American ones that we know so little or nothing about! Such reading became entertainment. It's nice to have fun.

    Nevertheless, philosophy as a social phenomenon exists, it is occupied by a small number of sapiens with specific properties of the brain. Physiologically, they were destined to be born with an enlarged frontal lobe, but a reduced posterior parietal area of the neocortex. This is fate. Sapiens can't help but follow their own nature. Blindly driven by the structure of their brain, and not at all aware of what they are doing, “philosophers” begin to reason about everything for exactly the same reason that a dog is looking for fleas – itching because. Having reasoned, they then want to dominate, and as a result, they constantly refute each other, putting their rationalisms much higher than others that are just as meaningless. The rest of humanity looks at this with surprise, does not take it into account in any way and builds its life in the only way available to it – evolutionary.

    Sapiens calling himself a “philosopher” makes me feel sorry for him. I can barely fight the urge to help him. My mind clearly sees that there is no help here. This is not treated because it is a birth defect, not an acquired disease.


    The main function of philosophy is the production of dopamine in the brain of the “philosopher” and in those who sympathize with him, resulting from an irresistible need to reason and from pride in oneself.

    Whatever the child is not amused…

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