Isn't that what the study of Philosophy is? Trying to make sense of questions that can't be answered through normal means?
Godel's theorem states: any formal mathematical system contains some statement that cannot be proved—it always remains somewhat incomplete.Blahness said:What questions mean...
If you look at all the "Prove X" topics, isn't it just saying how no matter what, you can't TRUELY prove anything?
Is THAT the meaning of philosophy? Hmm.
Blahness said:Isn't that what the study of Philosophy is? Trying to make sense of questions that can't be answered through normal means?
http://philosophy.la.psu.edu/aboutphil.html [Broken]Philosophy is an inquiry into fundamental issues in human life. These issues confront all persons, no matter what their occupations or more specific interests.
Nice post. I think it's a too common misunderstanding that philosophy requires far-fetched approaches or ignoring common knowledge. In it's most generic sense, I think philosophy just means a method of seeking answers to questions, any method. Scientific method is a philosophical approach to answering questions about the physical universe.Bob3141592 said:I thought philosophy was applying the "normal means" to reach good answers to questions. But it's so easy to use abnormal means, defective means or just plain careless, sloppy and thoughless means and so arrive at ineffective answers to questions. Somwetimes knowing that the normal means is can be tough, especially in the context of a question where you barely understand what's being asked.
The joke is that logic is the way to arriving at the wrong answer with confidence. Then philosophy would be arriving at the wrong answer and feeling good about it.
But the whole point is getting to the right answers.
Is that the right answer?
without a shared philosophical understanding, providing "clear definitions of every term" is fundamentally impossible; the definitions would go on forever; the definition would need to be quantitatively infinite to be qualitatively sufficient.moonbear said:Philosophical arguments are rigorous, reasoned, logical, and require clear definitions of every term.
What do you mean by that? :)selfAdjoint said:Someone described philosophy as a fascination with what questions mean.