Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What is philosophy?

The Philosophy Bites podcasters are sponsoring a twitter contest to find the best 100-character definition of philosophy. Lots of interesting and preposterous proposals are turning up at #philbitescomp

My entry, exapted from William James and melded with linguistic skepticism:

Philosophy: an unusually stubborn attempt to think clearly about what can & can't be clearly stated. 

And then there's Ambrose Bierce's:

PHILOSOPHYn. A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.

He must have had a bad class. Existentialism was after his time.

1 comment:

Dean said...

I have always liked Lewis Vaughn's definition he posited in "Writing Philosophy": "a fair-minded, fearless search for the truth."

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