Looking into wikipedias explanation of what philosophy is, I can see that Philosophy is about dealing with the more important questions in life, like ethics, who and what you are and etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy When wikipedia then try to tell about the ideas of philosophy it does not tell so much about the philosophy itself, what is important in life, but it rather tell the history of philosophy, about what people used to believe before. I can see that there is there is is a list of different historical directions in philosophy, like Rationalism, Empiricism, Skepticism, Idealism, Pragmatism, Instrumentalism, Phenomenology, Existentialism, etc, etc. It's obvoius that all these "ism's" does not agree on everything, and that they might contradict each other, or is it ? How can I know which one to choose, and which one is the right one ? As the development for philosophy and philosophical traditions have moved on for some time, should'nt it soon be time for some conclusions ? Could it be as easy as the newest "brand of philosophy" will allways be be best and the most suitable one, as this one has all the other historical steps of development behind it ? What if I did not like to see it this way, and I rather like to see it this way: I like mathematics and physics, and I have my belief in these diciplines, so I think I pick out "rationalism" as my "brand of philosophy", as I think it might be a little bit old one, but still a good one. Will then rationalism be my kind of relligion, something I believe in, wether is it reasonable or not, or is there some reasonable arguments that can prove that that all things in this world can be understood while applying "rationalism". What about all the other "-ism's", does they have som clear prooves and clear arguments that they are the right way of looking at the world ? So is then like that the choice of rationalism, or any other -ism will be like a choice of "relligion" or "belief", "superstition", or what ever you would like to call it ? Could "rationalism" be a kind of historical or possibly modern "superstition" ? Why can't just anyone work out some "The final conclusions of philosophy" or "The user manual of human life." Why not ? Should'nt it be a good thing for anyone to have an easy readable overview of all important questions of life ? Should'nt also "pure reason lead to pure wisdom" ? Should'nt it be easy as that ?