What is Philosophy ?
“Philosophy studies the fundamental nature of existence of man, and of man’s relationship to existence.… In the realm of cognition, the special sciences are the trees, but philosophy is the soil which makes the forest possible”. —Ayn Rand
Philosophy is a doctrine, school of thought, ism — (a belief or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school. It is the rational investigation of questions about existence, knowledge and ethics. The term Philosophy comes from the Greek for “love of wisdom.” Some famous ancient philosophers are Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, who developed philosophical thought.
The aim of Philosophy is to understand ourselves, understand our world, understand our values and the entirety of existence around us. As humans we want to understand such things, and we naturally develop philosophy in order to acquire such understanding. Philosophy requires our active engagement with the world, with ideas, with concepts, and with our own thoughts.