The term philosophy comes from the Greek language. It consists of two words : philos, (love, or philia – friendship, affection привязанность ) and sophos (learned scholar ученый муж, sage, or sophia - wisdom, knowledge, talent).
A brief etymological interpretation sounds like love wisdom
The first who used this word, was Pythagoras. He did not dare ( не отважился ) to call himself as wise man, in his view: it is only God is wise, theres only Gods wisdom.
So, here one of the first symbols of wisdom, philosophy – Iris, (the rainbow as a bridge between earth people and sky gods).
For the ancient Greek philosophers philosophy was not only a form of knowledge, learning, but also a form of life, existence. And even the first form or way of life ( образ жизни ).
How can or should begin philosophy in each case? And how a single person attached ( приобщается ) to it?
Various thinkers have different answers to this question. Plato began to widely use the term philosophy in his Dialogues.
Then, Aristotle believed that philosophy begins with wonder. ( удивление )
Wonder in front of the mystery of the world, its unity and diversity ( многообразие ), its infinity. To be surprised and to see something in its untouched pristine ( первозданность ) is very difficult.
Interpretation of the wisdom of Democritus rightly points out ( указывает ) that philosophy can not be reduced to knowledge. Although in-depth knowledge is necessary for a wise.
For, as pointed out by another ancient Greek philosopher – Heraclitus, knowledge of much doesnt teach to be wise
Descartes saw the real beginning of philosophy in doubt.
Philosophical knowledge is knowledge of a hole ( целое ), integrity of the hole. The world as a whole – that could be defined as the subject of philosophy.
The hole combines, integrates parts, provides them into unity. It is clear that only something in common and significant can ensure ( обеспечивать ) unity of the objects.
However, it should not be taken so that philosophy does not show any interest in the parts. Of course, a hole doesnt exist without parts.
But the parts are taken here in that connection that leads to a whole, include them in the general chain ( цепь ) of the global process, in the fundamental unity of the world.
It is also important to have in view that philosophy is internally dissected ( внутренне расчлененное ) formation consisting of independent philosophic studies:
Ontology – study of being Gnoseology – theory of cognition Epistemology - study of knowledge Philosophical anthropology – study of man Social philosophy – philosophy of society
Aesthetics – study of the beauty Logic – study of thinking Futurology – study of the future Axiology – study of values Ethics – study of morality
Directly to the world as a whole goes only ontology. But, this does not mean that there no study of the whole, integrity in other philosophical disciplines.
Social philosophy studies the direction of the historical process (what is the history?), paradigms, i.e., model-patterns of social life of people
In all its forms philosophy teaches the holistic ( целостное ) thinking, an integrated interpretation of all existing parties, all aspects of human existence.
Philosophical knowledge, then, should be classified as problematic one. The problem enters philosophy exdefinitio (by definition).
In a rigorous, logical- philosophical approach the problem reveals ( обнаруживает ) its true meaning – to be an issue on which there is no answer in the existing system of knowledge, but which, nevertheless, growing out from it.
The problem is a kind of knowledge about ignorance, the bridge from the known world into the unknown world.
In this context we can understand the Socratic phrase: I know that I know nothing
And indeed, expanding ( расширяя ) the circle of knowledge, we increase the area of contact with the world of ignorance, or the unknown.
There are problems in any science, but in philosophy they have eternal nature. That is philosophy deals with the problems, which dont have any final decision, solution.
Each era and every great thinker give their own interpretation, understanding and resolution of philosophical problems – more or less authentic ( достоверное ), compelling ( убедительное ), but a very relative.
Philosophical knowledge is not only problematic, but alternative. Philosophy makes a lot of different responses on any fundamental question. There is no the Answer, but there are a lot of answers.
Philosophical knowledge is also critical knowledge. Philosophy checks all the dogmas, teachings, authority, all the values that have circulated ( имеют хождение ) in society.
Philosophical criticism reveals ( выявляет ) limitations and the relativity of all knowledge.
In this respect, philosophy is different than rhetoric which convinces ( убедить ) the listener in one way of the truth.
The main instrument of philosophy is not conviction ( убеждение ), and the discovery and critical test the truth.
Criticism is naturally connected with reflection. Reflection is self- conscious (самоосознающее) or cognitive thinking, self-aware ( самоосознающее ) knowledge search. Reflective thought is a thought, turned on itself.
Solution of the question is philosophy science? depends on how we understand science and how we evaluate philosophy. Science is usually identified with a system of true knowledge, but it is an exaggeration ( преувеличение ).
First, the foundation of any science has highly uncertain character.
Second, at the highest level of science there exists its heterogeneity ( неоднородности ): contradictory theories, unproven theorems, purely hypothetical constructs, paradoxes.
Third, science is a social institution, i.e., social diversity which contains people, their research roles, misconceptions ( заблуждения ), prejudices ( предрассудки ) and rumors ( слухи ).
Philosophy has more comprehensive ( объемлющий ) nature, intended to generalize the truth. Philosophy unites not only scientific, but religious, ethical, aesthetic theories and opinions.
Historical types of outlook: mythology, religion, philosophy
World outlook is a system of views on the reality and humans place in it in a certain historic- cultural epoch.
Outlook has a definite structure: everyday and scientific knowledge, creeds ( убеждения ), faith, principles etc. Outlook carries out the function of humans knowledge of the outer world.
Outlook has two levels: 1)rational-theoretical level 2)daily and practical level
There are three historical types of outlook: Mythology Religion Philosophy
Mythology is a system of legends, in which its stated the understanding of the emergence and structure of the world and man as its inherent element.
Myth is the first form of cultural activity of man. Cosmogonic myths are about the origin of the universe. Cosmological myths are about the structure of the universe.
Religion is a faith in the supernatural substance, which is based on a strong system of moral norms and the special organization of people ( sanctuary- храм ). Faith is a form of existence of religion.
Religious outlook is characterized by… 1. Symbolism (each a significant phenomenon in nature or history is regarded as a manifestation of Gods will)
2. The world is divided on the worldly and otherworldly spaces 3. Time is associated with a sacred history
Four basic functions of philosophy: 1. Outlook function of philosophy is the ability to give a united picture of the world in general, to combine data of sciences, arts, practices.
2. Methodological function is to identify ways to achieve some goal, such as scientific knowledge, aesthetic creativity, social practice.
3. Humanistic function is implemented in a very careful attention to the man, this function is referring to man as the active phenomenon.
4. The practical function of philosophy is, above all, the aspiration to moral, ethical virtue of the people.
Philosophy course consists of… history of philosophy and theory of philosophy
Periods of evolution of philosophy: The ancient oriental philosophy The philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome Medieval philosophy The philosophy of Renaissance The New Age Philosophy German classical philosophy Philosophy of the 19 th century Philosophy of the 20 th century Present-day Philosophy