The five-minute video offers an introduction to what the study of philosophy is all about. The term philosophy comes from a Greek word that can be translated as the “love of wisdom.” Philosophy is a discipline that attempts to help individuals understand the various things in life ranging from nature to reality to the manner in which we can build a good society and our next life.
Although philosophy existed in the ancient times, it was first developed in Europe and later to other parts of the world. However, it is different from other disciplines such as psychology in that it creates a platform where individuals think and ask questions where answers involve critical thinking. Philosophy imparts and unsettles us through confronting the things we already know. It takes us from the familiar unquestioned things that we already know and make them look so strange and unfamiliar.
Philosophy is characterized by six segments that entail our natural environments and the actuality of God, the manner in which we build arguments aided by logic and the right way of thinking, how we know, and how to explain what we know, how to differentiate right from wrong and the best form of governance. Worth noting is that philosophy is one of the difficult subjects just as sciences and mathematics. In essence, the questions posed by philosophers are of great concern to every human being because they build our attention on how we know things and what it means to have a conscience. Philosophy also offers guidelines to societies when formulating delicate policies that concern our very existence.