What is Philosophy For? [4:40]


This is a great video to introduce philosophy for the first time.  It defines philosophy as “the love of wisdom,” a translation of the word from Greek.  The video then focuses on five points about what philosophy does, namely it 1) asks big questions, 2) investigates common sense answers, 3) looks into our own assumptions to build self-knowledge, 4) tries to discover what makes a good life, and 5) centers our perspective in a more rational or objective way.

Discussion Questions

  • What does the term ‘philosophy’ mean?
  • What are some of the “big questions” philosophy asks?
  • What are the 5 points the video makes about philosophy in your own words?
  • Summing them up, what is philosophy about?

Keywords: philosophy, wisdom, common sense, questioning, critical thinking,


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