Tagged: Philosophical Problems

Reason and Arguments

This article will introduce the plural to the monumental concept of rationality. Rather than treating it as a fixed noun, I suggest we should contextualize “reason” and look at propositions and their supporting arguments instead. “Reasons” are crystallized statements found in the process of thinking about something “real,” which means that there is – beyond the real – an underlying psychic process-like fluidity which is itself without pre-determined direction. I am skeptical towards Hegel’s optimistic idea that “the real is rational.”  More research is necessary in order to understand the relations between reality and mind, and in the end, we will still...

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...