August 22, 2012
No answer yet
The pursuit of ideas for their own sake is a tremendous source of pleasure for people like myself, although sadly, I find myself in a dismal minority. While my natural attraction to complexity has secured me a rewarding career path well beyond my years, the intellectual isolation at work is beginning to crush my spirits. I must confess an inability to answer the question directly. The process of gaining knowledge is simply agreeable to me. I would much rather be in the process of discovery than to have discovered. Although, the pleasure one gets from linking two unrelated ideas to form a novel philosophical assertion does seem to inspire the next mental effort.
That won't be necessary :)
In all honesty, I would struggle to differentiate my personal understanding of philosophy from those of the philosophers that I have studied! From a functional perspective I suppose, philosophy is the practice of using one's critical faculties to process the abstract and the intangible. In a spiritual sense, perhaps it aids the pursuit of existential questions that have a tendency corner one's mind in times of crisis. Our philosophical dispositions are increasingly acting as the bases for social solidarity, and ironically divides us into those who comprehend this notion, and those that simply act.
In pursuit of truth and beauty...