Can Philosophy Guide Us in Everyday Life?
Significant philosophical structures, including some psychological branches and other wisdom traditions, aim to make sense of human life and experience and relate these experiences to the entire world. The systematic analysis of reasoning helps to make decisions, to challenge arguments and logical thoughts. Epistemology explores faith, belief, and objectivity, and may allow individuals to consider how their carefully preserved knowledge comes from factual or subjective facts. Axiology is a fancy term for the study of ethics and aesthetics.
Psychology and neuroscience demonstrate that many of our belief systems are adaptive; the esthetics of what is pleasing to you and the principles of social action has grown over time to help us live and reproduce. All philosophy has psychological underpinnings. Key philosophical questions, including the relationship between the mind and the body, the meaning of free will and faith, the nature of consciousness and what constitutes happiness, can simply be philosophically or scientifically structured in our brains’ operation system.
Philosophy is not about universal problems alone. Every day many events pose philosophical questions: why do we eat the things we eat? What are the fundamental concepts shaping our activities? Philosophy is part of everybody’s lives. It helps us solve our problems, whether worldly or abstract, and helps us to decide better through critical thinking.
How Philosophy Helps Us Understand the Mind and Ourselves?
Plato said that “thinking is the mind in conversation with itself,” and core modes of interrogation are indeed based on philosophical precepts in psychology and psychotherapy. The principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( CBT) and Rational Emotive Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) both demonstrate Socratic dialog and stoicism. CBT and REBT encourage people to question their convictions and contest them, accept disagreeable feelings. It shows that people are influenced by their character and temperament in terms of their philosophical positions as central as their existence of the free will. Thus the connection is bidirectional.
Philosophy is an activity that people participate in to understand themselves, the environment in which they live, their relationships with each other, and to the cosmos. Those studying philosophy ask, respond, analyze, and reason some of the most important, meaningful, and difficult questions of life, such as:
– What is it to be a human?
– What is the human mind?
– Are we responsible for what we do, or are we just helpless victims of our genes, environment, and upbringing?
– What is happiness? Can we hope to attain it? Is it what matters most in life? Can bad people be truly happy?
– Is there a God?
– How do words come to have meaning?
– What is the time?
Have these questions ever crossed your mind? Did you come up with an explanation? Share with me in the comment section!