Wikipedia comments: “Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind and language. The Ancient Greek word φιλοσοφία (philosophia) was probably coined by Pythagoras and literally means “love of wisdom” or “friend of wisdom.”
We can see (well, hopefully anyway) that the study of philosophy is critically important.
Sadly, philosophy is rarely studied properly at school. Our world would be a much better place if it was taught widely and comprehensively to school-age children.
Multitudes of people are unaware of the importance of philosophy – significant numbers of those of us that are, have to ‘make-do’ with whatever we can find to increase our understanding.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a fantastic resource for learning more about philosophy. You can read more about it here: After 20 years, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy thrives on the web.
And remember – it is important to put what you learn into practice. Be a ‘doer’ of wisdom, not just a ‘consumer’.
Other useful resources:
- Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- My blog post: Why Study Philosophy?
- Portal:Philosophy – Wikipedia
- Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy | An encyclopedia of philosophy articles written by professional philosophers.
- Britannica.com | A ‘general’ encyclopedia, however it contains pertinent material.
- Philosophy Bites | Podcasts of top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics…
- Philosophy Now | A magazine of ideas.
- Philosophical Weblogs | List of blogs devoted to topics in and around analytic philosophy, or that are by analytic philosophers.
- Guide to Philosophy on the Internet
- The Philosophers’ Magazine Online
- Philosophy Research Base