Monthly Archive: September 2013

What are Philosophical Problems?

Philosophy clarifies our thought process and refines the basic concepts that we use to understand reality.  Like other sciences, it works on problems – it is driven by questions that cannot be answered easily, or that are unanswerable. If these questions, like the mind-body problem, cannot be answered (yet?), one may still be able to build a theory that illuminates the problem itself. Philosophy therefore also has a system-building function, and it moves between explanation and understanding, or between cause and meaning. I have compiled a list of what I consider to be the real philosophical problems – not just...