Is Philsophy good or bad?
Bryan L did a great post on why he has decided to devote a large amount of time to studying philosophy. Five years ago or more, I used to be very opposed to philosophy. My thought, if I remember correctly, was that philosophy is based in human reasoning. It is too easy to go astray with human reasoning, so we must put our trust in divine revelation alone. I have since had a change of heart concerning philosophy. I think the turning point was when I realized that philosophy, or at least analytical philosophy, is really just a tool for coming to good conclusions based on your premises. In other words, philosophy can’t tell you where to start, but it can tell you where you end up based on where you start. I have come to think it is a powerful tool for working out our own beliefs as well as critiquing opposing beliefs. Analytic philosophy is really nothing more than applying the laws of logic to our beliefs. I had a theology professor who passed on the following quote (the source of which he was unable to remember): Logic is ethics applied to the intellect. I like that. Philsophy is not bad. It helps you determine whether your thinking is internally consistent or not. On that count, I agree with Bryan that philosophy is pretty cool.