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Many of us will work hard all our adult life, build up a retirement account, achieve certain professional distinctions, but inevitably ask if "this is all there is." When boredom hits, when reason informs us that there must be something deeper in life than merely acquiring things and padding the bank account -- when life feels empty, even meaningless -- where do we turn? Popular culture has little to offer in the way of profundities and insights. It can distract us, titillate us, even throw a salve on an aching heart, but cannot offer a searching mind what it is looking for or what it hopes to find. Religions tell us that assent should precede understanding, and that faith is a wonderful surrogate for knowledge. They ask us to accept certain texts as precious and holy, even though such texts were written by ordinary men, fallible just as the rest of us are fallible, susceptible to culture-determined notions just as the rest of us are. For some of us, mere faith isn't enough: we want to know; we want the naked truth; we would much prefer an ugly truth to a soothing falsehood, and would rather stand with the lonely truth than with popular illusions and myths. It is philosophy to which we must then turn, for better or worse.

Anarchism: its philosophy and ideal

ANARCHISM: Its Philosophy and ldeal

Philosophy: The Athenian Philosophers: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

"There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest -- whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories -- comes afterwards. These are games; one must first answer...Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined. Society has but little connection with such beginnings. The worm is in man's heart. That is where it must be sought. One must follow and understand this fatal game that leads from lucidity in the face of existence to flight from light."

Famous Philosophers | Biography, Books and their Philosophy

"It is astonishing to see how many philosophical disputes collapse into insignificance the moment you subject them to this simple test of tracing a concrete consequence. There can be difference anywhere that doesn't a difference elsewhere -- no difference in abstract truth that doesn't express itself in a difference in concrete fact and in conduct consequent upon that fact, imposed on somebody, somehow, somewhere, and somewhen. The whole function of philosophy ought to be to find out what definite difference it will make to you and me, at definite instants of our life, if this world-formula or that world-formula be the true one."

The Emptiness of Philosophy and the Secret of Its …

This page lists some links to ancient philosophy

So even those unlikely to ask about the whys and wherefores of life early on will at some point have to confront them, with more or less sophistication. And for most of us, the questions regularly arise, in some form or other, so that philosophy in some sense is unavoidable and cannot be considered merely an arid mental exercise; questions such as these: Is there or is there not a God? If we believe there is no such entity as God, then does it make sense to speak of "right" and "wrong" anymore? How are moral judgments then grounded? Why does anything at all exist -- anything as opposed to nothing? If the universe began with an explosion, and the result was so much drifting matter, then how and at what point did consciousness emerge out of that matter? Is there a point or plan to the universe? But then what is it, and how can one know?

If there's a splendor, a greatness, to philosophy and theory, then it lies in its emptiness

These sorts of questions have puzzled philosophers for millenia

The consumer society by Baudrillard : A sociological approach to capitalism Consumer society, by Jean Baudrillard, is a major contribution to contemporary sociology and philosophy, at the height of the Division of Labor Durkheim...

Philosophy: A simple solution to the problems of philosophy

Those who are persuaded that Anarchy is a collection of visions relating to the future, and an unconscious striving toward the destruction of all present civilization, are still very numerous; and to clear the ground of such prejudices of our education as maintain this view we should have, perhaps, to enter into many details which it would be difficult to embody in a single lecture. Did not the Parisian press, only two or three years ago, maintain that the whole philosophy of Anarchy consisted in destruction, and that its only argument was violence?

Famous philosopher's quotes on the importance of truth

Plato vs Aristotle: Compared Philosophies Undeniably, Plato and Aristotle are the two rock stars of Greek Philosophy. Plato created idealism and Aristotle, later recuperated by Thomas Aquinas, became the official doctrine of the Catholic Church. So, what are the main similarities...